Eaton to acquire filtration company Internormen

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Eaton Corp. announced it has agreed to acquire Internormen Technology Group, a provider of hydraulic filtration and instrumentation. The deal is subject to customary closing conditions, and terms were not disclosed.

“Internormen Technology has been a proven leader in advanced filtration technologies for almost 40 years,” says William R. VanArsdale, president of Eaton’s Hydraulics Group, which includes the hydraulic, filtration and golf grip businesses. “This acquisition will significantly expand Eaton’s filtration product portfolio with technically advanced products and systems for mobile, industrial hydraulic and process applications.”

VanArsdale says Internormen has a leadership position in fast-growing markets such as wind power and a well-established presence in emerging economies such as Brazil, India and China. “Its global footprint strengthens our regional presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific,” he says.

The company, based in Altlussheim, Germany, has sales and distribution subsidiaries in India, China, Brazil and the United States. Internormen, which employs about 360 people and had 2010 sales of more than $55 million, has been owned by the Franger family since its foundation in 1972. After completion of the sale of the company, the sons of the founder of the company, Stefan and Bernhard Franger, who held leadership positions at Internormen, will assume similar management responsibilities at Eaton.

“The sale of our family business is a positive step towards further global growth,” says Helmut Franger, founder of Internormen. “Eaton is the perfect partner for us to jointly open new markets and develop new products and solutions.”