Vaisala Sells Its Oxygen Measurement Business to SICK Maihak GmbH

Sep 30, 2010
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Vaisala Oyj                    Press Release                September 30, 2010

Vaisala has signed a contract to sell its oxygen measurement technology and business to SICK Maihak GmbH. The oxygen products belong to Controlled Environment business area's offering.

The divestment of oxygen business supports Controlled Environment's strategy to focus on the selected market segments of life science and high technology, building automation and targeted industrial applications. The divestment will not have significant impact on Vaisala's operating profit or personnel.

The transfer of the oxygen measurement technology and business know-how will start immediately and the production is planned to be moved to SICK in Germany at the beginning of 2011.

"The sale of the oxygen measurement business strengthens our goal to focus on our chosen market segments. We are pleased that we found such a respectable buyer as SICK, who is committed to serve customers and invest in the technology and products further", states Kenneth Forss, Executive Vice President, Controlled Environment business area.

SICK Maihak GmbH is a leading manufacturer of sensors and sensor systems for industrial process automation applications. The company supplies to various markets such as power, waste, cement, chemicals, as well as oil and gas. SICK Maihak GmbH is a legal entity of the SICK Group, a major player in sensor technologies with more than 100 branch offices and agencies worldwide.

Vaisala launched SPECTRACAP® optical sensor technology for oxygen concentration measurements in 2006.

For more information:
Kenneth Forss, Executive Vice President, Controlled Environment, +358 400 604 861
Jouni Lintunen, CFO, +358 40 5790 181

Vaisala is a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement. Building on more than 70 years of experience, Vaisala contributes to a better quality of life by providing a comprehensive range of innovative observation and measurement products and services for meteorology, weather critical operations and controlled environments. Headquartered in Finland, Vaisala employs over 1400 professionals worldwide and is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.