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3 September 2018

Edwards acquiring Brooks Automation’s cryogenic business

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Through its US entity Edwards Vacuum LLC (acquired with vacuum product and exhaust-abatement equipment maker Edwards Ltd of Burgess Hill, West Sussex, UK in 2013), industrial productivity solutions provider Atlas Copco Group of Stockholm, Sweden has agreed to acquire the cryogenic business of Brooks Automation Inc. Once the deal is completed (which is expected in first-quarter 2019) it will expand Edwards’ offering to the global semiconductor industry.

Brooks Automation of Chelmsford, MA, USA provides cryopumps and associated products for the semiconductor industry through its CTI-Cryogenics and Polycold brands.

The acquisition includes cryopump operations in Chelmsford, MA and Monterrey, Mexico as well as a worldwide network of sales and service centres. Brooks Automation’s 50% shareholding in Japan-based joint venture company Ulvac Cryogenics Inc is also part of the deal.

The acquired business will become part of the Semiconductor and Semiconductor Service divisions within Atlas Copco’s Vacuum Technique business area and will expand Edwards’ range of chamber solutions for the semiconductor industry.

“The acquisition of Brooks Automation’s cryogenic business will help us cement our position as a trusted partner to the world’s leading semiconductor OEMs by enabling the expansion of our current chamber solutions offering through the addition of new technologies and products,” says Paul Rawlings, president of the Semiconductor division. The planned acquisition is subject to regulatory approvals.

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Atlas Copco Group to acquire Edwards Group

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