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 14th December 2010
Sartorius

Sartorius further extends technology portfolio for process analytics

- Alliance with NIR-Online GmbH for marketing near infrared spectroscopy systems

- Marketing rights for customers from the food and pharmaceutical industries

Goettingen | Walldorf, December 13, 2010 - Sartorius, a leading international provider of laboratory and process equipment, is further extending its portfolio for laboratory and process analytics. The company has now signed a cooperation agreement with Walldorf, Germany, based NIR-Online GmbH, which specializes in near infrared spectroscopy systems for quality assurance and process optimization. Under this agreement, Sartorius secures marketing, distribution and service rights to NIR-Online’s near infrared spectroscopy systems (NIR systems) to serve the needs of customers from the food and pharmaceutical industries.

Unlike conventional near infrared systems, NIR-Online GmbH spectroscopy systems are combined with imaging equipment and specially designed for online use. They are utilized in the food and pharmaceutical industries all along the entire process chain and also in the laboratory for measurement of various chemical and physical product properties. The systems continuously record measurement data throughout the entire manufacturing process and, thanks to their auto-calibration feature, deliver reliable measurement results. As a result, they ensure completely documented quality control in real time, enabling direct control, adjustment and optimization of production processes.

For Sartorius, this cooperation agreement represents a significant step in the expansion of its product portfolio in its Process Analytics business unit. “In order for manufacturers to respond efficiently and timely to process fluctuations, analysis is increasingly shifting away from the laboratory into the process environment. With innovative NIR systems, we are offering our customers in the food and pharmaceutical industries optimal solutions for quality assurance and maximum cost-efficiency,” explained Mario Becker, Vice President of Process Analytics at Sartorius.

NIR-Online headquartered in Walldorf, Germany, will be benefiting from the global sales and marketing structures of the Sartorius Group. “With Sartorius, we have found the perfect partner for application-driven sales of our products. This Group has globally established sales, distribution and service organizations in place, is a leading technology provider for the food and pharmaceutical industries alike, and has excellent access to international customers,” commented Thomas Schneider, company founder and managing partner of NIR-Online GmbH, on this alliance.

A Profile of Sartorius The Sartorius Group is a leading international laboratory and process technology provider covering the segments of biotechnology and mechatronics. In 2009, the technology group earned sales revenue of 602.1 million euros. Founded in 1870, the Goettingen-based company currently employs approximately 4,350 persons. The major areas of activity in its biotechnology segment focus on filtration, fluid management, fermentation, purification, and laboratory applications. In the mechatronics segment, the company primarily manufactures equipment and systems featuring weighing, measurement and automation technology for laboratory and industrial applications. Key Sartorius customers are from the pharmaceutical, chemical and food industries and from numerous research and educational institutes of the public sector. Sartorius has its own production facilities in Europe, Asia and America as well as sales subsidiaries and local commercial agencies in more than 110 countries.

A Profile of NIR-Online GmbH NIR-Online GmbH was founded in 2002 and is headquartered at SAP PartnerPort in Walldorf/Baden, Germany. The company specializes in the development and application-specific implementation of near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy and imaging systems for use in production processes. NIR-Online operates internationally and supplies its customers in the various industrial sectors with customdesigned systems to optimally match their specific requirements. The company is managed by the two business partners Thomas Schneider and Tomas Qvarfort. For more information, visit: www.nir-online.de

Press contact for Sartorius: Dominic Grone, Group Corporate Communications, Sartorius Corporate Administration GmbH, 37070 Goettingen, Germany Phone: +49.(0)551.308.3324, fax: +49.(0)551.308.3572; dominic.grone@sartorius.com

Contact for NIR-Online: Thomas Schneider, NIR-Online GmbH, SAP Partner Port, Altrottstrasse 31, D-69190 Walldorf, Germany Phone: +49.(0)6227.732660, fax: +49.(0)6227.732670, info@nir-online.de


 

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