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Q: What Does Agilent's Acquisition of Varian Mean to Lab Managers?

According to Stuart Matlow, Press Relations Specialist for Agilent Technologies, both Agilent and Varian will continue to operate completely independently until the sale closes later in the year.

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A: Not Much, for the Time Being

According to Stuart Matlow, Press Relations Specialist for Agilent Technologies, both Agilent and Varian “will continue to operate completely independently until the sale closes later in the year.” In this early phase of the acquisition, the company could offer no details about the future of both companies’ product lines. “Agilent will not finalize or discuss plans for Varian products until the acquisition is completed,” said Matlow. Regarding sales and service, there will be no affect on customers in the short term.
 
When asked what possible advantages Agilent and Varian customers will gain from the acquisition, Matlow said, “The combined company will be able to provide a more comprehensive set of solutions across a wider range of industries. The acquisition broadens applications and solutions offerings for mass spectrometry and chromatography, expands Agilent’s product portfolio into atomic and molecular spectroscopy, and establishes a leading position in nuclear magnetic resonance, imaging and vacuum technologies.”
 
Regarding the Varian name, “Agilent is forming an integration team that will make this type of decision. There will be no announcement until the acquisition is completed, which is expected to occur before end of calendar year 2009,” offered Matlow. That same team will also decide what will happen to Varian’s Palo Alto, CA facility.
 
by Pam Ahlberg


Other Resources:
Letter to Varian Customers regarding the acquisition.