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November 24, 2014

PerkinElmer to buy Swedish firm

Massachusetts-based medical device manufacturer PerkinElmer has agreed to acquire a Swedish firm that makes instruments to measure the quality of food, grain and flour.

PerkinElmer, based in Waltham and which has a facility in Hopkinton, said the deal to acquire Perten Instruments Group of Stockholm will help boost its presence in food testing, which PerkinElmer says is growing rapidly, according to a company statement.

“The combination of Perten’s unique capabilities with PerkinElmer’s portfolio of innovative analytical instruments will enable us to further penetrate the multi-billion dollar global food testing market, including longer-term opportunities in higher growth regions such as China,” said Jon DiVincenzo, PerkinElmer’s president for environmental health. “PerkinElmer will now be firmly positioned to help customers address rigorous regulations for food quality control, import/export product testing, and the need to preserve the integrity of global supply chains.”

PerkinElmer employs about 850 in Massachusetts, with about 300 in Hopkinton.

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