30-Apr-2012

VWR agrees to buy basan Germany

VWR International, a US-based distributor of laboratory supplies and services, has agreed to buy basan Germany for an undisclosed sum, expanding its capabilities in Europe and South-East Asia.

The transaction includes the cleanroom products and services distributor’s subsidiaries and operations in The Netherlands, France, Italy, Singapore, Malaysia and Vietnam.

The deal is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval in Germany.

With 30 years’ experience, basan is a leading distributor of products and related services for cleanrooms in Europe and S.E. Asia. The firm represents several well-known brands in addition to its own brand consumable product portfolio supplying various industries including microelectronics, semi-conductor, biotechnology, medical device, pharmaceuticals and automotive.

“basan's well established reputation in cleanroom products and services combined with its strong product and application expertise extends VWR's capabilities in both Europe and South-East Asia,” said Manuel Brocke-Benz, VWR's senior vice president and managing director of Europe.

“Bringing basan onboard enhances our existing portfolio of products and services, and expands VWR's capabilities to meet our customer's critical environment needs in these important regions.”

VWR International, headquartered in Radnor, Pennsylvania, is a global laboratory supply and distribution company with worldwide sales in excess of US$4.1bn in 2011.

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