ZUG, Switzerland/Nottingham, UK – Effective January 4, 2016, HOERBIGER Group, headquartered in Zug, Switzerland, acquired Newson Gale, Nottingham, UK. Newson Gale, a privately owned business of which the majority of shares has been held by the founder Ernest Kochmann and his family, while a minority of shares has been owned by its CEO, Graham Tyers, provides customers a range of solutions dedicated to disabling uncontrolled discharge of static electricity and eliminating ignition sources in potentially flammable and combustible atmospheres.

Safety, explosion mitigation and prevention are attractive growth markets with large potential. HOERBIGER already offers a wide range of safety-related products and services. For decades, the group has been an innovation and technology leader for explosion protection and check valves to be used in oil, gas, carbon and dust applications as well as in the mechanical and plant engineering industry.

Newson Gale has a market position in the field of electrostatic grounding for hazardous areas. The company has more than 30 years of experience in explosion-prevention technology, providing customers a wide range of solutions dedicated to prevent ignition by uncontrolled static electricity in hazardous areas wherever there are flammable gases, liquid vapors or combustible dust atmospheres. Ranging from loading of road tanker trucks to emptying hand-held cans, Newson Gale has a solution for virtually every explosion endangered process capable of generating static electricity.

The acquisition of Newson Gale will help HOERBIGER strengthen its business model. Newson Gale has gained a leading position in the United Kingdom. Within recent years, the company has also successfully ventured into North America. In addition, a network of global distributors has been established.