Sartorius , a leading international process and laboratory technology provider, today signed an agreement to acquire the liquid handling business of the Finnish laboratory supplier Biohit Oyj . With its liquid handling segment, Biohit is one of the global market leaders for mechanical and electronic pipettes, as well as for the associated consumables. The segment, which employs some 400 people, generated net sales of approximately 38 million euros and an EBITDA margin of approx. 13% in fiscal 2010. Its major customers are research, quality assurance and academic laboratories as well as hospitals. This deal will enable Sartorius to expand its product portfolio with an important component in the area of laboratory instruments, which currently includes lab balances, lab water purification systems, moisture analyzers and sample preparation consumables.