Business Acquisition Extends John Crane’s Capabilities in the Turbomachinery Sector

01 February 2008

John Crane, a Smiths Group business, continues to broaden its expertise in high performance rotating equipment with the purchase of German company, Sartorius Bearing Technology (SBT), part of Sartorius AG.

Sartorius bearing acquisition
Sartorius bearing acquisition

Based in Gottingen, Germany, SBT employs around 100 people and is recognised as a leader in the European speciality engineered bearings sector. It has a varied product portfolio, which includes tilting pad bearings for high-speed rotor applications, standard thrust and journal multilobe bearings and combined bearings for restricted assembly and mounting applications. SBT will extend John Crane’s range of advanced technology products aimed at the turbomachinery industry. The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval.

“John Crane has an unrivalled global sales and service network,” comments Mike Mansell, managing director of John Crane EAA. “The acquisition of SBT is an important step in our strategy to leverage this network for a wider range of solutions used in high-performance rotating equipment. Together, John Crane and SBT aim to build a global position in bearing technology, one that will complement John Crane’s existing mechanical sealing solutions, couplings and associated technologies and further help our customers achieve their demanding performance goals.”

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