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MTL Acquires GeCma, Manufacturer of Operator Display Units for Hazardous Industrial Areas

April 282005
Hampton, NH.. MTL Instruments Group today announced it has acquired the GeCma group of companies, a manufacturer of operator display units for use in hazardous industrial areas. The acquisition of GeCma, based in Kerpen, Germany, is part of an active expansion strategy, helping MTL leverage its existing sales channel while offering its customers a more complete solution in Open Control components for hazardous environments.

GeCma’s specialist operator displays are often used in hazardous areas, such as chemical-, petrochemical plants and pharmaceutical factories, that MTL already targets with its range of remote I/O and surge protection products. As Graeme Philp, MTL’s chief executive commented, “This is an excellent acquisition which is a first-rate fit with MTL’s existing operations. GeCma sells to the same customers that we are selling to with our interfaces and Fieldbus and MOST products.”

The acquisition expands MTL’s product offerings for companies joining the widespread move to the open systems environment, which requires more control equipment to be located on the plant floor close to the process or in the field, and streamlines the role of the central control room.
Frank Kellershohn, who founded the GeCma business, will join the MTL management team as business unit director of the newly formed Visualisation Business Unit. Frank Kellershohn said: “I am proud to be part of the MTL Group, and I believe we share a common vision for the future of our industry. I look forward to playing a part in the MTL senior management team.”

The acquisition enables GeCma to extend its existing international customer base by using MTL’s strong global presence and widespread sales operation. GeCma’s display units encompass a flat screen VDU, a rugged keyboard and other peripheral equipment, such as track balls and fingerprint scanners. Hermetically sealed, they are safe for use in all hazardous environments, for instance those exposed to harsh chemicals or explosive gases and dusts.

GeCma also has a strong customer base in the pharmaceutical sector, as its display units can be safely hosed down for cleaning purposes.

About MTL
The MTL Instruments Group is recognized as a world leader in the development and supply of Intrinsic Safety, Open Process Control components and Surge Protection products aimed at the process control and telecommunications industries. Many of the world's safety-critical processes are monitored, controlled or protected by MTL products and the Group is distinguished by its global network of sales and support centers and by its acknowledged position as a thought leader in this high technology marketplace.

MTL has recently developed a range of open process control components, which can be snapped together by third party companies to create sophisticated control solutions, tailored to their customer needs. Based on the MTL8000 Process I/O™, these components can be remote mounted into harsh and hazardous areas, unlocking the costs normally associated with control rooms. This has involved the combination of the Group's three core technologies - Intrinsic Safety, Surge Protection and Open Control Platforms.

MTL's long established Hazardous Area Business Unit has built up an enviable reputation as a leading global provider of Intrinsic Safety interfaces and systems for use in process control applications.

The Surge Business unit offers solutions for mission critical applications in the Process, Data Network and Telecommunications markets, which may be at risk of damage from lightning or other high voltage surges.

About GeCma
Formed in 1991, GeCma Components GmbH has evolved into a world leader in the development and production of intrinsically safe computer terminals. Suitable for use in both the safe and hazardous areas, as found in the industrial process, chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries, the ‘Challenger’ series of PC terminals represents the very best in ergonomic engineering, combining an easy-to-use HMI housed within a rugged stainless steel housing. Continuous product development has placed GeCma at the forefront of technical innovation in this very competitive environment.

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