E+H acquires Kaiser Optical Systems

Endress+Hauser is to acquire the US company Kaiser Optical Systems. Regulatory authorities in the United States have approved that the former parent company, Rockwell Collins, is to complete the transaction initially announced in August. The acquisition is effective from 22 November 2013.

Kaiser Optical Systems is a world leader in spectrographic instrumentation and applied holographic technology. Principal products include Raman sensors and instrumentation, advanced holographic components for spectroscopy, telecommunications, astronomy and ultra-fast sciences, and display systems for aircraft.

The company employs a staff of 76 in its headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Seven employees in an office in Lyon, France, coordinate European sales activities. The terms of the transaction will not be disclosed.

Technology with high value

The Kaiser Optical Systems core competencies are in the field of Raman spectroscopy. This technology is based on the interaction of an inclined beam of light with the material analyzed: single photons transmit energy on molecules, and reciprocally also molecules transfer energy on single photons. The resulting light diffusion creates a specific pattern for every material – comparable to a fingerprint – and thus provides information on composition and consistency.

Kaiser Optical analyzers work fast, reliably and precisely and can also be used on inline processes. “That’s the big potential of advanced analytics,” said Klaus Endress, CEO of the Endress+Hauser Group, emphasizing the strategic dimension of the acquisition. “Raman technology can replace laborious sample-taking and consequent laboratory analysis, enabling customers to continuously control quality and optimize their processes.”

Rockwell Collins

Rockwell Collins Inc is a pioneer in the development and deployment of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for both commercial and government applications. The expertise in flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications, information management, and simulation and training is delivered by approximately 19,000 employees, and a global service and support network that crosses 27 countries.