Bruker sells GC business

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  • Published: Nov 7, 2014
  • Author: Jon Evans
  • Suppliers: Bruker Corporation
  • Channels: Gas Chromatography

Bruker has sold the majority of its gas chromatography (GC) business, comprising its stand-alone GC systems and GC single-quadrupole (GC-SQ) mass spectrometry systems, to Techcomp Europe, a subsidiary of the Hong Kong-based analytical instrument company Techcomp.

Bruker initially announced its intention to divest these GC systems in July, as part of plans to reduce the product portfolio of its Chemical & Applied Markets (CAM) division, which has been making significant losses over the past four years, and has since found a buyer in Techcomp Europe. In a related move that took place in September, Bruker sold its inductively-coupled plasma mass spectrometry product line and service business, which was also part of its CAM portfolio, to Analytik Jena, a German analytical instrument company.

Included within Techcomp’s purchase of the GC systems is the factory in Freemont, California, where they are manufactured, which Techcomp plans to continue using. As such, it plans to offer positions within Techcomp to certain Bruker employees currently involved with the GC business.

Bruker will continue to produce its GC triple-quadrupole mass spectrometry systems, but will shift manufacture from the Freemont factory to a site in Bremen, Germany. It will also continue to provide service and support for all its GC and GC-SQ products worldwide, although Techcomp has a deferred option to acquire this service business in the next twelve months.

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