ABB Purchases K-TEK

K-TEK manufactures magnetic level gauges, magnetostrictive level transmitters and laser level transmitters.

ABB, the power and automation technology group, will acquire Prairieville, Louisiana company K-TEK, which will join the Measurement Products business unit within ABB's Process Automation division.

"This acquisition fills an important space in our product line," explains Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB's Process Automation division. "K-TEK is well established, particularly in the oil and gas industry, which is a growth area for ABB. We see a lot of potential for synergy between ABBs extensive geographic reach and exposure to other industries, and K-TEK's depth in level detection technology."

With over 350,000 installations since its founding in 1975, K-TEK is recognized as a global leader in magnetic level gauges, magnetostrictive level transmitters and laser level transmitters. The company offers a broad range of level detection instruments, as well as pressure and temperature switches, and will have no overlap with ABBs existing product line.

K-TEK has annual revenues of approximately $50 million and employs more than 250 people with operations in China, Netherlands, India and South Africa in addition to the US.

ABB expects the transaction to be completed within the second quarter.

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