Global Engineering Company Acquires Cascade Technologies


A spin-out company supported by Strathclyde University Incubator has been acquired by a global engineering and technology firm.

Cascade Technologies originated in Strathclyde’s Department of Physics, which last week was ranked as the No.1 physics department in the UK beating Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College following a government-led University research benchmarking exercise. In Strathclyde’s largest spin-out company sale, Cascade has been acquired by US-based firm Emerson.

Cascade use innovative Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) technology capable of measuring multiple gases simultaneously helping companies to improve industrial emissions monitoring, production efficiencies and environmental compliance. Emerson is expanding its analytical measurement capabilities by adding QCL to its Rosemount Analytical gas analysis portfolio.

Stirling-based Cascade originated in Strathclyde’s Department of Physics, through the work of the principal academics Professor Geoff Duxbury and Dr Nigel Langford and research student Erwan Normand.

Strathclyde University Incubator Ltd and the University’s Research & Knowledge Exchange Services Directorate nurtured the company, and the University has worked closely with Cascade on a number of subsequent projects.

QCL technology provides a step change in performance of gas analysers through its increased sensitivity, speed of response, and fingerprinting capability. These technology advancements in the gas analysis market space provide a powerful solution for customers in various industries such as petrochemical, food and beverage, marine, automotive and pharmaceutical.

Dr Iain Howieson, chief executive officer of Cascade Technologies Ltd, said, Joining a global leader like Emerson represents an incredible opportunity for business growth. Emerson’s global presence and market leadership will have an immediate impact on the adoption of cutting edge QCL gas analysers and monitoring systems.

by Kimberley White

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