Alfa Laval shores up off-shore market bid

Swedish industrial giant Alfa Laval has bought an underwater pump maker in neighbouring Norway, stating on Monday that the purchase was in line with its ambitions for the offshore oil and gas industry.

Alfa Laval shores up off-shore market bid
An offshore platform being delivered to a Norwegian port. File: L.C. Nottaasen/Flickr

Alfa Laval, which makes heat exchange systems and fluid separators, said in a statement it would buy the Norwegian company for 13 billion Norwegian kroner ($2.17 billion).

"The acquisition, which strengthens Alfa Laval's fluid handling portfolio by adding a unique pumping technology, will further reinforce Alfa Laval's position as a leading supplier to the marine and offshore oil and gas markets," the company said.

It added that global demand for oil is expected to rise by 27 percent between 2012 and 2035.

The Norwegian company — based in Bergen with 1,200 employees — had 3.4 billion kroner in sales in 2013, according to the statement, making it an eighth of the size of Alfa Laval.

Its main marine product, a submerged cargo pumping system sold under the brand Framo, helps to maximise the use of tankers allowing quicker turnaround times.

"Frank Mohn is an excellent company … it has highly skilled employees, high quality products and a market-leading position within segments offering attractive long-term growth prospects," said CEO Lars Renström in a statement.

Alfa Laval said it planned to keep the Norwegian company and its management intact but did not specify when the purchase would be completed. 

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