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Donaldson Company, Inc., a leading worldwide provider of innovative filtration products and solutions, announced it acquired Solaris Biotechnology Srl. Solaris designs and manufactures bioprocessing equipment, including bioreactors, fermenters and tangential flow filtration systems for use in food and beverage, biotechnology and other life sciences markets. Solaris’ product portfolio ranges from benchtop systems for research and development to pilot and commercial-scale manufacturing systems.

Solaris was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Porto Mantovano, Italy, with US operations based in Berkeley, CA. The Company has approximately 30 employees. Donaldson acquired Solaris for approximately €41 million. Calendar year 2021 revenue is projected to be approximately €5 million and will be reported within the Donaldson Industrial Filtration Solutions business in the Industrial Products segment.

$15 million investment to strengthen Donaldson’s material science capabilities

Donaldson Company, Inc., a leading worldwide manufacturer of innovative filtration products and solutions, broke ground on a $15 million Material Research Center at its corporate headquarters in Bloomington, Minnesota.

As customers’ equipment and technology advance, Donaldson’s engineering, technology and operations staffs continually develop original solutions that anticipate and exceed these evolving requirements. The company currently holds more than 1,800 active U.S. and international patents, has over 100 technical laboratories and employs hundreds of engineers, scientists and technicians.

Research and development investments like the Material Research Center help Donaldson attract the technical talent necessary for Donaldson’s success in innovation and commercialization of materials and technologies.

With the addition of the Material Research Center, Donaldson will add six researchers and engineers to the company’s headquarters population of 1,100 employees. The architect for the planned 17,000-square-foot building is TKDA and the construction company is Gardner Builders. The Center is scheduled to open in November 2019.