GE Energy Expands Industrial Sensor Offering through Acquisition

Aug. 28, 2012
Presens is an Oslo, Norway based provider of pressure, temperature and flow measurement solutions for extreme conditions.

GE has acquired Oslo, Norway based Presens, a provider of pressure, temperature and flow measurement solutions. The acquisition expands GE’s portfolio of sensing solutions and will be part of the company’s Measurement & Control business within GE Oil & Gas. This acquisition will enhance GE Oil & Gas’s presence in Norway and will allow customers of both companies to benefit from an innovative and integrated technology offer.

Presens employs 36 people and specializes in high-pressure measurements and severe environments. “The sensors expertise Presens brings to our portfolio is a natural fit. We share a commitment to technology and innovation” said Brian Palmer, president and CEO of GE Measurement & Control and vice president of GE Energy. “We are building an integration strategy that will capitalize on both companies’ existing expertise, with a focus on the combined talent that we have.”

The addition will expand GE’s core energy offerings and extend its reach into adjacent offerings for energy and industrial customers around the world. The deal is the latest in a series of acquisitions over the last 10 years that has spurred growth in GE’s Measurement & Control business, which is based in the greater Boston area. The business is part of GE Oil & Gas, and has more than 40 facilities in 25 countries worldwide..

“While very different in scale, these two companies both bring outstanding innovation to bear,” said Frode Meringdal, CEO of Presens. “GE’s global presence provides Presens with the opportunity to introduce our solutions to a worldwide customer base.” Presens solutions are based on proprietary, patented technology.

"The design of the sensing element enables extremely accurate and stable measurement of pressure and temperature. The sensors generate highly reliable data that is an ideal input for advanced monitoring and control systems, allowing them to operate to their full potential," added Meringdal.

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