US-based Bacharach, a supplier of safety and measurement hardware for the HVAC and refrigeration industries, has acquired gas analysis and handling equipment manufacturer Neutronics.
The move will allow Bacharach, which was established in 1909, to further strengthen its position in the worldwide gas measurement and instrumentation market.
Doug Keeports, CEO of Bacharach, said: “Neutronics is the established leader in refrigerant identifiers for the global automotive and HVAC/R industries and has complimentary NDIR sensor technology in its instruments.”
The NDIR – non-dispersive infrared – sensor technology was pioneered by Neutronics for use in its equipment. It can determine the weight concentrations of myriad refrigerants, including R134a and R12, and can quickly establish the purity of the refrigerant itself.
Keeports added: “This acquisition aligns well with Bacharach’s strategic plan and strong focus on growing our market leadership in instrumentation and refrigerant monitoring, as well as complementing Bacharach’s expertise and strengths in the combustion and emissions analysis markets.”
Neutronics will now operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Bacharach and retain its existing name. The company was set up in 1976 and originally produced gas measurement and control hardware for industrial applications – including an inert gas fire suppression system, which is now installed at more than 10,000 sites worldwide.
The company’s own acquisitions later led it to expand into the automotive refrigerant, breathing apparatus and plant safety systems fields. It consequently now offers a comprehensive line of equipment, including personal safety systems and product purity monitors, along with an array of harmful and flammable gas detectors.