Michell Instruments is an international leader in high-precision sensing with 40 years’ experience in the field, specialising in instrumentation for dew point, relative humidity and oxygen analysis. The company serves industries as diverse as petrochemical and pharmaceutical to power generation and food processing

Michell recently announced that it has joined Process Sensing Technologies (PST). This is a new group which has been set up to provide a comprehensive suite of instruments and analysers for industrial customers.

PST has now acquired the American instrumentation company, Analytical Industries Inc. (AII). AII specialises in electrochemical oxygen sensors and analysers, and has been working with Michell for a number of years.

gasworld spoke to Michell Instruments CEO, Mike Bannister, about the benefits of the partnership, its relationship with AII and the company’s forthcoming product announcements.

Can you tell me a little bit more about Michell’s alliance with PST?

Battery Ventures acquired Michell Instruments in 2016, and set up Process Sensing Technologies as an umbrella company for a suite of similar industrial sensing companies – Michell and AII are the first members of the group, and others will be following soon.

How will the Michell Instruments business be affected by this partnership?

There are no plans to alter the way that Michell works, or change its distribution network. Battery was attracted to Michell because of its brand, market leadership, technological acumen and strong management team. Michell Instruments will continue to operate as an independent company within PST. However, the partnership will provide access to additional capital, extensive transaction experience, and broader industry relationships to help accelerate the company’s growth.

Now that PST has acquired AII, how will this impact Michell’s relationship with them?

Prior to the acquisition, Michell had been acting as a distributor for some AII analysers in Europe and Asia. Now we are part of the same group, it will allow us to collaborate more closely and make use of each other’s sales networks – however, both companies will continue to operate independently.

Is Michell in the process of developing any new products?

We are shortly due to launch a new combustion control analyser for furnace applications and will be releasing new additions to the chilled mirror range later in the year. New developments for our binary gas and thermo-paramagetic oxygen analysers will also be announced soon.

Do you have any expansion plans in place?

PST is planning to add more acquisitions to the group in the near future, and, due to its size, Michell will play a key role in the integration.