Indian X-ray aquisition

Royal Philips Electronics has reached an agreement to acquire India-based Alpha X-Ray Technologies, a manufacturer of cardiovascular X-ray systems, for an undisclosed fee.


Royal Philips Electronics has reached an agreement to acquire India-based Alpha X-Ray Technologies, a manufacturer of cardiovascular X-ray systems aimed at the economy segment of the Indian market.


 


Financial terms were not revealed.


The transaction, which is subject to certain contractual and other conditions, is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2008 whereupon Alpha will become part of the Cardiovascular X-ray business within Philips Healthcare.


Today’s announcement follows the earlier acquisitions of healthcare companies Dixtal Biomédica e Tecnologia and VMI Sistemas Medicos in Brazil and Shenzhen Goldway Industrial in China.


Ronald de Jong, chief executive officer for emerging markets at Philips Healthcare, said: ‘The acquisition of Alpha is another great example of how Philips continues to strengthen its industrial and commercial footprint in emerging markets.


‘It provides us with significant presence in the high-growth economy segment for cardiovascular X-ray systems, underlining our commitment to deliver affordable healthcare solutions in emerging markets.’


Alpha’s product portfolio is said to complement Philips’ existing high-end cardiovascular X-ray range and will help Philips capture a significant portion of the global €1.8bn (£1.45bn) cardiovascular X-ray market.


Analysts estimate the economy segment is the fastest growing segment of the global cardiovascular X-ray market, with anticipated annual growth rates of 10 per cent to 15 per cent in coming years.