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Thermo Fisher Scientific (Waltham, Massachusetts) said it has acquired FiberLite Centrifuge (Santa Clara, California), a supplier of carbon fiber centrifuge rotors, a strong and lightweight alternative to metal rotors. According to FIBRELite, its rotors provide customers with a number of advantages over metal rotors, including performance, safety, productivity and durability.

"We have been offering FiberLite rotors as an alternative to aluminum and titanium rotors in our Thermo Scientific laboratory centrifuges for several years, and we have seen customer demand for the technology continue to grow," said Marijn Dekkers, president/CEO of Thermo Fisher Scientific. "FiberLite's patented carbon fiber rotors, along with its strong patent portfolio, will enhance our centrifugation offering and bring additional R&D capabilities."

Thermo Fisher develops high-quality centrifuges, rotors and accessories under the Thermo Scientific brand. Centrifuge models range from bench-top microcentrifuges to floor-standing ultracentrifuges, allowing Thermo Fisher to support all laboratory applications, from routine sample preparation to cutting-edge cell and molecular biology research techniques.

FiberLite, which had revenues of roughly $7 million in 2007, will be integrated into Thermo Fisher's Laboratory Products and Services Segment.

Thermo Fisher says it has annual revenues of $10 billion, more than 30,000 employees and serves more than 350,000 customers within pharmaceutical and biotech companies, hospitals and clinical diagnostic labs, universities, research institutions and government agencies, as well as environmental and industrial process control settings. The company serves customers through two premier brands, Thermo Scientific and Fisher Scientific.

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