ABB acquires Los Gatos Research, adding innovative gas analytical measurement solutions

ABB acquires Los Gatos Research, adding innovative gas analytical measurement

Enhanced laser capabilities expand measurement products and services in oil
and gas, electric power and other industrial sectors

PR Newswire

CARY, N.C., May 2, 2013

CARY, N.C., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- ABB, a global leader in electric power
and automation, announced today that it has agreed to acquire Los Gatos
Research (LGR) of Mountain View, California, to add a new line of
high-performance gas analyzers to ABB's leading measurement business.


The 19-year-old, nearly 40-person LGR provides analyzers and services to a
wide range of customers needing real-time measurement of trace gases and
isotopes for research and environmental monitoring. LGR's novel and innovative
laser-based measurement strategies allow for non-destructive analysis of gases
and liquids. The company's analyzer technology is based on Off-Axis Integrated
Cavity Output Spectroscopy (OA-ICOS) that has a substantially higher
sensitivity, precision and accuracy than other traditional sampling and
laser-based technologies. LGR's employees will join the global Measurement
Products business unit in ABB's Process Automation Division. Terms of the deal
were not disclosed but it is expected to close in 3^rd quarter 2013, subject
to customary regulatory approvals.

"LGR fills a gap in our technology portfolio and brings a host of new
solutions that are vital to industrial customers, such as oil & gas production
and transportation, combustion, emissions, power generation and environmental
monitoring," said Kishore Sundararajan, global business unit manager in
Measurement Products. "This technology has tremendous promise, and we look
forward to combining it with our product development and channels to market."

ABB's Measurement Products business unit ( is among
the world's leading manufacturers and suppliers of instrumentation and
analyzers. With thousands of experts around the world and high-performance
technology, ABB's team is dedicated to making measurement easy for its

"ABB offers tremendous opportunity for LGR's cavity enhanced laser absorption
technology to reach a wider range of applications in the global market," said
Doug Baer, President, Los Gatos Research. "In addition to helping LGR broaden
its product line to address new opportunities, this will also provide a great
opportunity for our employees to grow in a large global organization."

About ABB

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable
utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering
environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100
countries and employs about 147,000 people. The company's North American
operations headquartered in Cary, N.C., employs more than 27,000 people.

About Los Gatos Research (LGR)

LGR ( is a leading producer of precise, rugged and reliable
instruments for measurements of trace gases and isotopes. LGR's instruments
have been deployed by scientists for acquiring the most accurate measurements
possible on all seven continents, in unmanned aerial vehicles, in mobile
laboratories, on research and commercial aircraft, and in undersea vehicles.


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