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Battery Ventures, a global, technology-focused investment firm, today announced the creation of a new laboratory-automation platform following recent acquisitions of three complementary companies: Skalar Analytical, PromoChrom Technologies and LCTech.

Skalar Analytical, based in Breda, the Netherlands, manufactures a range of chemistry analyzers and laboratory- automation solutions for environmental and agricultural applications. Skalar serves as the foundation for the new platform, while PromoChrom—which is based in Richmond, British Columbia and has a significant North American presence—adds a business focused on automated solid-phase extraction (SPE) sample-preparation solutions. PromoChrom is focused on the rapidly growing PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) testing market. LCTech, based in Obertaufkirchen, Germany, offers a broad range of SPE consumables and advanced automation and robotics capabilities, while also providing a strong entry point into food and feed testing with its dioxin-analysis product line.

All three companies sell products to major, multi-national commercial testing laboratories and industrial customers across environmental, agricultural, and food-and-beverage end markets, enabling these customers to automate previously manual workflows.

About Skalar

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Skalar Analytical B.V. is a manufacturer of automated laboratory instrumentation for customers across environmental, agricultural, and food & beverage end markets. Established in 1965, Skalar Analytical has grown into a multinational organization with its own subsidiaries across Europe, North America, and India and with over eighty representatives throughout the world. Skalar has generated a vast library of information and techniques which support proven applications.

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About PromoChrom

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PromoChrom Technologies Ltd. was founded in 2007 with specialization in liquid handling solutions. With sample preparation being the most challenging and labor-intensive task in trace analysis, PromoChrom’s automated SPE instruments help improve the efficiency and data quality in chemical analysis and relieve laboratory staff of labor-intensive routines. Their most notable applications include PFAS extraction and protein purification.

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About LCTech

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LCTech GmbH has been developing innovative methods for sample preparation for the analysis of environmental, food and feed samples since its founding in 1998. From sample preparation automation to consumables for analysis and training, LCTech offers everything a professional laboratory needs with customers including a long list of renowned institutions across governmental and private laboratories in Food & Feed and Environmental sector

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About EST Analytical and TSHR

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EST Analytical was founded in 1990 and has focused on supporting the laboratory community with high-quality laboratory automation solutions for GC sample introduction and preparation out of its Cincinnati, OH headquarters. EST Analytical is most popular for its purge & trap systems used to sample volatile organic compounds, and comprehensive technical support, training, and onsite service capabilities across the United States. In 2018, EST acquired Rotterdam-based TSHR. TSHR was founded in 2009 with a heritage stemming from Thermo Fisher’s legacy Euroglas business. TSHR provides a range of elemental combustion analyzers for Total Nitrogen, Total Sulfur and Total Chlorine analyses.

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