Leister process technologies of Sarnen, Central Switzerland, has announced the acquisition of fellow Swiss sensor and gas detection company IR Microsystems SA, expanding its activities in micro-systems technology.

The purchase of IR Microsystems, an innovative supplier of laser based detection modules, represents an important milestone in Leister's long term growth strategy, focussing in sensors, optics and laser technology.

$quot;IR Microsystems diode laser based detection technology has great potential in the gas detection and gas monitoring market for a wide range of gases. We found their ammonia detector to show the best performance we have seen so far. It is an ideal extension to our activities in the NDIR (non dispersive infrared) gas detection market, which we are currently serving with our black body IR source,$quot; commented Thomas Hessler, director of Leister's Axetris Microsystems Division.

The privately-owned Leister Process Technologies is regarded as one of the market leaders for hot-air and diode laser based equipment for plastic welding and industrial process heat applications, serving OEM customers with MEMS based sensors and micro-optical components in industrial, telecommunication, medical and automotive applications.

IR Microsystems commercialises compact gas sensors for monitoring and safety applications which are based on the company's ground-breaking development of highly integrated gas sensors using tuneable diode laser technology (TDLS) and resonant photo-acoustic detection principles.

The new deal is likely to reinforce the growing business and development of the originally Lausanne-based company, capitalising on the established business strength of Leister. Bert Willing, IR Microsystems SA co-founder, supports this as he says, $quot;The acquisition by Leister backs IR Microsystems SA by a highly performing industrial partner with a long standing.$quot;