Thursday, September 9, 2010

ERIKS to buy Texas-based distributor

Dutch distributor of mechanical engineering components to buy Rawson LP, Houston, Texas

The Netherlands-based global distributor ERIKS said it will acquire Rawson LP of Houston, Texas, expanding its reach in North American process technology markets.

Rawson is a flow control solutions provider and distributor of process control instrumentation, valves and accessories, field instruments, and engineered equipment in the U.S. Gulf Coast. Rawson provides sales, services, and inventory to more than 5,000 customers from 17 locations serving Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arkansas, and Mexico. Rawson has annual sales of more than $100 million.

Rawson serves the refining, chemical, oil and gas, power generation, pulp and paper, food processing, pharmaceutical and semi-conductor industries.

The company provides products and services in six areas:

• Valve Solutions
• Control Solutions
• Measurement Solutions
• Instrument Support Solutions
• Energy Management Solutions
• Calibration Solutions

Rawson will become an independent business unit within ERIKS USA, the company said in a statement announcing the deal.

ERIKS specializes in five key areas, serving customers in the chemical, pharmaceutical, food, biotechnology, mechanical engineering, semiconductor, refining, offshore, and metal industries. The firm’s five key product areas are:

• Sealing technology
• Power transmission, including electromechanical services and condition monitoring
• Flow technology
• Industrial plastics
• Tools and maintenance products.

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