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Monday, October 1, 2018 

Canada’s LuminUltra Technologies has acquired aqua-tools’ Rapid Microbial Solutions division, including its B-QUA product line for ballast water compliance monitoring and the European customer base for its 2nd Generation ATP(Adenosine Triphosphate) measurement products.

Pat Whalen, President and CEO of LuminUltra, said: “In recent years, the International Maritime Organization and the U.S. Coast Guard have put into place regulations governing aquatic invasive species and ballast water. Seagoing vessels around the world must now install a ballast water treatment system and subsequently verify that it is functioning correctly. That’s where LuminUltra’s newly-acquired B-QUA product line comes in – we can provide the technology that allows ship operators to ensure they are meeting regulatory requirements related to ballast water.”

The B-QUA product line is the only onboard testing solution to confirm compliance for the three fractions of organisms stipulated by the IMO and USCG within a matter of an hour. By comparison, tests providing similar information can require days.

Also, as part of this transaction, LuminUltra is assuming responsibility for sales of its 2nd Generation ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate) measurement products in Europe following oversight by aqua-tools since 2006.

“We are excited to bring our customer base in Europe that much closer to the LuminUltra family,” said Whalen. “Our goal will be to expand our footprint through growing a wider and more robust network of partners across the continent and delivering our hallmark commitment to customer service and best-in-class user experience.”

Those Aqua-Tools employees dedicated to the Rapid Microbial Solutions division will join the LuminUltra team while remaining based in Paris, France. Following the sale of these product lines to LuminUltra, aqua-tools will continue to operate as a separate business, now focusing solely on its Infection Control Solutions business.

Pictured is Marc Raymond, CEO aqua-tools, and LuminUltra CEO Pat Whalen after signing the deal in Paris

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