Corning to acquire Plaslab

Published: 25-Aug-2010

Adds sampling, testing and analysis consumables to life sciences portfolio

Ceramics and glass specialist Corning has agreed to acquire French labware manufacturer Plaslab. The move will support US-based Corning’s aim to provide a full range of laboratory research tools. The acquisition should be completed in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Plaslab is the holding company of Plastiques Gosselin, headquartered in Borre, France. It will be integrated into Corning’s Life Sciences division.

Plastiques Gosselin’s wide array of sampling, testing and analysis products (including Petri dishes, bottles, containers, tubes, bags, and accessories) complement the general labware, cell culture, lab equipment, and HTS/Assay products offered by Corning, the company says.

‘This acquisition would be consistent with our strategy to use our strong financial position to identify external growth opportunities that add to our product portfolio,’ said Peter Volanakis, Corning’s president and chief operating officer.

Jean Gosselin, president and chief executive of Plaslab and Plastiques Gosselin, will remain with the business in a similar capacity.

Founded in 1965, Plastiques Gosselin employs more than 300 associates serving pharmaceutical, academic, and industrial customers in microbiology, food testing, water testing and clinical markets across Europe from its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Borre, France and its manufacturing facility in the UK. The company also has a sales and logistics office in the US.

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