Malvern Instruments and NETZSCH Grinding & Dispersing Sign Agreement to Cooperate

23 April 2013 Malvern, UK: Materials and biophysical characterization company Malvern Instruments Ltd. (Malvern, UK) and NETZSCH Grinding & Dispersing (headquartered in Selb, Germany), a worldwide manufacturer of industrial wet and dry grinding, mixing, dispersing and kneading equipment, have entered into a cooperative marketing agreement. Both organizations serve a broad range of market sectors from pharmaceuticals, ceramics, nano-technology applications, food and surface coatings through to mining metals and minerals.

At Powtech 2013, Paul Walker (left), Managing Director of Malvern Instruments and Dimitrios Makrakis (right), Managing Director of the NETZSCH Grinding & Dispersing Business Unit, announce an agreement to cooperate

The global agreement, initially in place for three years, will harness the strength of each company’s world-leading brands and unique expertise in materials processing and materials characterization. Under the terms of the agreement NETZSCH will standardize on Malvern’s particle sizing and characterization equipment, primarily the Mastersizer 3000 laser diffraction particle size analyzer. Customers and prospective customers of each company will gain access both to the extensive milling knowledge of the NETZSCH teams and to the particle sizing know-how of Malvern Instruments. This combined approach supports the further development of solutions and services to meet increasingly specific individual customer needs.

Malvern’s Managing Director, Paul Walker, said: “This cooperation between two well-established, global companies provides real opportunities for both of us to benefit from the collective expertise, experience and market understanding that underpins each business. Both organizations share a philosophy of offering the best solution tailored to the customer’s specific requirements, and indeed the development of new solutions for particle characterization in the milling process will be a focal point of the agreement. We will work together closely to help our customers optimize their milling processes and product quality and to extend the limits of the technology.”

Dimitrios Makrakis, Managing Director of the NETZSCH Grinding & Dispersing Business Unit, said: “Particle characterization is becoming more and more important for fine grinding down to the submicron or nanometer range because product properties so often depend directly on particle size. The correct and reproducible analysis of particle size is a prerequisite for process optimization and quality control. As Malvern is a world leading manufacturer in particle and materials characterization we have the ideal partner to deliver the best overall solution for both grinding technology and particle characterization and clients of both companies will benefit from this partnership.”

Initially, Malvern Mastersizer 3000 systems will be installed in NETZSCH demonstration and test laboratories in key territories around the world - Germany, USA, Brazil, China, Korea, India and Russia. All trials, demonstrations and toll-production carried out by NETZSCH on customers’ materials in NETZSCH facilities will be routinely tested using Malvern instrumentation, with Malvern’s applications experts in each territory available to support the understanding and interpretation of data, as required. Jointly organized seminars and other initiatives will be targeted at key market sectors to deliver valuable information and support to customers and potential customers of either or both companies.

About Malvern Instruments

Malvern provides the materials and biophysical characterization technology and expertise that enables scientists and engineers to understand and control the properties of dispersed systems. These systems range from proteins and polymers in solution, particle and nanoparticle suspensions and emulsions, through to sprays and aerosols, industrial bulk powders and high concentration slurries. Used at all stages of research, development and manufacturing, Malvern’s materials characterization instruments provide critical information that helps accelerate research and product development, enhance and maintain product quality and optimize process efficiency.

Our products reflect Malvern’s drive to exploit the latest technological innovations and our commitment to maximizing the potential of established techniques. They are used by both industry and academia, in sectors ranging from pharmaceuticals and biopharmaceuticals to bulk chemicals, cement, plastics and polymers, energy and the environment.

Malvern systems are used to measure particle size, particle shape, zeta potential, protein charge, molecular weight, mass, size and conformation, rheological properties and for chemical identification, advancing the understanding of dispersed systems across many different industries and applications.

Headquartered in Malvern, UK, Malvern Instruments has subsidiary organizations in all major European markets, North America, China, Japan and Korea, a joint venture in India, a global distributor network and applications laboratories around the world.

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About NETZSCH Grinding & Dispersing

The Business Unit Grinding & Dispersing (turnover 120 million Euro, 750 employees worldwide), one of three business units of the global NETZSCH Group, offers a comprehensive program for the many challenges in mechanical process engineering. Here the Business Unit is primarily involved in the areas of wet and dry grinding, mixing, dispersing, de-aeration and classifying. The laboratory- and production-scale machines, as well as complete production lines, are used in almost all areas of industry, such as the forward-looking nanotechnology, the production of ink, minerals or foods.

The headquarters of the Business Unit Grinding & Dispersing are located in Selb/Germany. In addition to our administration and sales departments the Selb facility is also home to one of the most modern grinding and dispersing applications laboratories that is available to our customers. The machines and systems are manufactured in Selb and Tirschenreuth/Germany and abroad in our manufacturing facilities in Brazil, Russia, China, India and the United States. Being part of the NETZSCH Group we offer a worldwide sales and service network for convenient customer service.

The bundling of processing know-how, our extensive machine program, solutions for customer-specific problems and our global presence are unique and hence the strength of the Business Unit Grinding & Dispersing.

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USA contact:
Marisa Fraser, Malvern Instruments Inc.
117 Flanders Road, Westborough, MA 01581-1042 USA
Tel: +1 508 768 6400 Fax: +1 508 768 6403
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Germany contact:
Renate Hessemann, Malvern Instruments GmbH
Rigipsstr. 19, 71083 Herrenberg
Tel: + 49 7032 977711 Fax: + 49 7032 77854
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For NETZSCH press information please contact:

Sandra Hechtfischer, NETZSCH Werbe- und Service- GmbH
Gebrüder-Netzsch-Straße 19, D-95100 Selb, Germany
Tel. +49 9287 75 164 Fax +49 9287 75 166
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Dr. Stefan Mende, NETZSCH-Feinmahltechnik GmbH
Sedanstraße 70, D-95100 Selb, Germany
Tel. +49 9287 797-0 Fax +49 9287 797-149
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