THE GAS DETECTOR WORLD
Last year Honeywell acquired Rae Systems and is now head and shoulders the biggest gas detection manufacturer in the world. The next two, in my opinion are MSA Safety which acquired GM in 2010 and Drager Safety with no recent acquisitions. They all have in common that they are full service safety Equipment suppliers, including Portable and Fixed Systems.
Late last year Scott Safety (Tyco) announced acquisition of the IST Group (Detcon, Simtronics, Oldham, DSA and GMI). The acquisition puts Scott safety in great position to cross fertilize their vast safety distribution network and utilize international presence of companies like Oldhams, Simtronics and GMI. Scott Safety has Capital to fast track NPD and invest as needed to grow and match up with the big three.
Another name to keep on your radar is Emerson, which is now fully focused on sensors and gas detection with recent acquisition of Netsafety and Grovely detection. Emerson is committed to deliver “top to bottom” solution , which means that there may be more to come. Are there still a few interesting smaller players left, Which companies would be on your shortlist and how do you see the future pan out ?