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2017-06-06 | Corporate

Anton Paar acquires product line for particle characterization

Anton Paar expands the product portfolio for particle characterization by the acquisition of the corresponding division from CILAS (Orléans, France). The PSA instruments are based on the light scattering principle or image analysis. They give information about the size distribution and shape of particles. Applications range from investigations into dry powders to studies of particles in dispersions.

The new products will be integrated into Anton Paar's existing business area Particle Characterization. Jakob Santner, division manager of the Business Unit Characterization: "For Anton Paar GmbH this acquisition is an important step to expand the portfolio in particle analysis. The instruments from CILAS are internationally acknowledged quality instruments for the measurement of nanoparticles and microparticles and represent an excellent addition to our Litesizer™ product line. We now offer our customers measuring systems for an enormous measuring range. This begins with particles of the size of a single water molecule and ends with pebble-sized particles." CILAS has been developing cutting-edge laser technologies for more than fifty years. Philippe Lugherini, Chairman and CEO of CILAS: "We are extremely happy that Anton Paar will continue this product line that we have pioneered for years now. The PSA business will definitely benefit from the global instrumentation strategy of Anton Paar."

The instruments in the PSA series expand the current portfolio of instruments for particle size measurement based on dynamic light scattering, extend the available size measuring range with instruments based on the principle of laser diffraction, and add the technology of image analysis to Anton Paar's product range. The application areas are diverse. The pharmaceutical and chemical industries, in particular, as well as companies and institutions in the fields of cosmetics, food, and building materials show specific interest.

Laser diffraction is capable of measuring size distributions of particles in dry powders or in liquid dispersions. The measurable sizes usually range from the upper nanometer range up to a few millimeters. Via image analysis it is possible to gain insight into the shape of the particles. A practical example: the knowledge and control of the powder particle size and shape is used to increase the efficiency of medical products. 

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Pictured: Signing of the contract in Graz; Cilas-CEO Philippe Lugherini and Maria Santner 

 

About the Anton Paar Group

Anton Paar GmbH was established in 1922 as a one-man locksmith's workshop. Today, over 2,000 employees worldwide develop, produce and distribute high-quality measuring instruments for the determination of properties such as density, temperature and viscosity as well as high-precision mechanical parts and assemblies. Anton Paar has strong links with universities and research laboratories worldwide. The company is owned by the Santner Foundation, which invests in research in the field of science and technology as well as in the rehabilitation of drug addicts.

For further information please contact: christopher.fradler[at]anton-paar.com