Katadyn Group to Acquire Hydro-Photon, Inc., Makers of SteriPEN
July 20, 2017
Katadyn Group adds the world’s leading ultraviolet, handheld water purifier to its brand family
KEMPTTHAL, Switzerland (July 20, 2017) – Katadyn Group announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire the assets of Hydro-Photon, Inc. the makers of the world’s leading ultraviolet, handheld water purifier, the SteriPEN. The acquisition is planned to close near the end of July 2017.
“We’ve long admired SteriPEN products, especially for travel and virus removal,” said Shawn Hostetter, president of Katadyn North America. “SteriPEN has established itself as a true leader and innovator and we are excited to welcome them into Katadyn Group’s family of brands. SteriPEN will provide new purification products to our customers, allowing Katadyn the widest range of safe drinking water options for travelers, backpackers, militaries and humanitarian organizations around the world.”
SteriPEN’s marketing and distribution operations will move to Katadyn’s North American headquarters in Minneapolis, Minnesota. SteriPEN will maintain a small technical office in Ellsworth, Maine.
“We are thrilled to join Katadyn Group’s outstanding portfolio of brands,” said Miles Maiden, founder of SteriPEN. “SteriPEN and Katadyn Group share a dedication to excellence, a set of core values, goals for the future and a passion for water safety.”
Katadyn Group has acquired a number of trusted brands in the last decade, including Optimus Stoves, AlpineAire Foods and Spectra Watermakers. They offer the broadest assortment of water treatment, stoves and cook sets and freeze-dried foods, making it a one-stop shop for your 360-degree outdoor kitchen needs.
The Katadyn Group
The KATADYN GROUP is a global corporate group specialized in the area of self-sufficient nutrition and drinking water supply. Its brands include Katadyn, Trek’n Eat, AlpineAire Foods, Optimus, Pharmavoyage, Micropur, Certisil, Aquafides and Spectra. With this broad brand portfolio, the group provides products and solutions for the outdoor and marine industries as well as for industrial and municipal needs. Its diverse product palette ranges from freeze-dried specialty meals and outdoor cooking gear to mobile and land-based water desalination systems and specialized disinfection systems for the industry. Indeed, humanitarian aid organizations and the military for years have been regular customers of the Swiss group of companies. With headquarters in Kemptthal (Zurich), the KATADYN GROUP employs about 200 people at its subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and the United States.