Trajan completes SGE acquisition

Friday, 12 July, 2013

Trajan Scientific and Medical has completed its acquisition of the chromatography and liquid handling businesses of SGE Analytical Science. SGE was founded by Ern Dawes in Melbourne in 1961 and has remained in the Dawes family for over 50 years.

The business, focused on components and consumables used in scientific analysis, has grown to around 300 staff worldwide, with manufacturing operations in the Melbourne suburb of Ringwood and subsidiary offices in the US, Europe and Japan. Trajan has now acquired the Ringwood site, sites and operations in Europe and the US, and all shareholdings in the subsidiaries.

Dawes Holdings, the parent company of SGE, owned by Peter Dawes, will retain a range of assets, including the ETP Electron Multiplier business. SGE will continue to work closely with ETP and provide global support and distribution services as is the case today.

According to its CEO, Stephen Timisich, Trajan aims “to bring together a group of leading companies with a common focus in the areas of biological, environmental and food analysis”. The company acquired the pathology consumables business of Grale Scientific in October 2011.

“SGE is an ideal platform for Trajan, with a global footprint and a depth of capability and infrastructure, servicing the leading companies in analytical science,” said Timisich.

“We believe that we are in a unique position to serve the current and future needs of people working in the fields of scientific and medical analysis. Specifically, we aim to invest in technologies that will deliver more sensitive, selective and more affordable analysis in biological, food and environmental applications. We also intend to fully embrace a global business model where we work with leading companies in the scientific industry to enhance their capacity to deliver solutions in these target areas.”

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