05:03 Jan-21-2003 John Brunk Engineering, NDT Level III Self employed, part-time, USA, Joined Oct 1999 158
Agfa to dis-invest in NDT Group
As a long-time (41 years) user of all types of NDT equipment from many manufacturers I have several times been very disappointed by the effects of these consolidations on customers. The loss of competition between companies and of talented individuals who have developed equipment is most unfortunate. I had hoped that Agfa would at least make a better effort at being an "all-inclusive" NDT company than DuPont did. GE's suppliers might worry about being required to use GE equipment and supplies to inspect products they sell to GE. GE has probably learned enough from their attempt to buy Honeywell to have carefully worked out how to get EU approval for this acquisition, but one can hope that some organized opposition will appear and be successful in stopping it.