Atlas Copco to acquire cryostat manufacturer

Atlas Copco has agreed to acquire Montana Instruments Corporation, a privately owned company located in Bozeman, Montana, USA. The company provides cryostat solutions for customers involved in physics research and low temperature technology solutions. 

A cryostat is a system used to cool an object to a very low temperature and enable measurement of various properties. The Montana Instrument cryostats can attain temperatures down to 4 Kelvin (minus 269 Celsius or minus 425 Fahrenheit) without the use of liquid cryogens. The cryostats are typically used to observe and characterise quantum physics in cold materials.

“The acquisition will allow us to further extend our existing presence in the cryogenic markets and with our R&D customers,” said Geert Follens, Business Area President Vacuum Technique. “It also provides an additional channel into quantum technology related markets where commercial applications are starting to grow.”

The acquisition is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2022. The company will become part of the Scientific Vacuum Division within the Vacuum Technique Business Area.