Thermo Electron Acquires Provider of Continuous Air Quality Monitoring Instruments

Apr. 27, 2005

WALTHAM, Mass., April 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Thermo Electron Corporation (NYSE: TMO) announced today that it has purchased Rupprecht and Patashnick Co., Inc. (R&P), a leader in continuous particulate monitoring instrumentation for the ambient air, emissions monitoring and industrial hygiene markets. The company had 2004 revenues of $17 million. The financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Marijn E. Dekkers, president and chief executive officer of Thermo Electron said, "R&P is well positioned to address future particulate monitoring regulations that will impact the emissions and ambient air monitoring markets, both of which are core to Thermo. Their product offering is an excellent complement to our existing portfolio of gas analyzers and particulate monitoring instruments, and will significantly enhance Thermo's global position in these markets by creating a supplier with a strong portfolio of instrumentation and service capabilities. The R&P acquisition strengthens our ability to meet our customers' current and future compliance, health and safety needs and reinforces our commitment to be the world leader in analytical instrumentation for environmental applications."

Since its formation in 1981, R&P has established a global reputation for developing innovative and reliable high performance instrumentation designed to meet the most demanding regulatory applications for continuous particulate monitoring. Headquartered in East Greenbush, New York, R&P will become part of the Air Quality Instruments product line within Thermo's Environmental Instruments division.

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Thermo Electron Corporation is the world leader in analytical instruments. Our instrument solutions enable our customers to make the world a healthier, cleaner and safer place. Thermo's Life and Laboratory Sciences segment provides analytical instruments, scientific equipment, services and software solutions for life science, drug discovery, clinical, environmental and industrial laboratories. Thermo's Measurement and Control segment is dedicated to providing analytical instruments used in a variety of manufacturing processes and in-the-field applications, including those associated with safety and homeland security. Based near Boston, Massachusetts, Thermo has revenues of more than $2 billion, and employs approximately 10,000 people in 30 countries. For more information, visit

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