Front from left: Dr Jürgen Pankratz, CEO of Verder Scientific and Andries Verder, owner of the Verder Group. Back from left: shareholders of Qness GmbH, G Felbinger, M Steiner, H Hiegelsberger, R Gruber and R Höll.
Front from left: Dr Jürgen Pankratz, CEO of Verder Scientific and Andries Verder, owner of the Verder Group. Back from left: shareholders of Qness GmbH, G Felbinger, M Steiner, H Hiegelsberger, R Gruber and R Höll.

The Verder Group has acquired the majority of Austrian company Qness GmbH, a manufacturer of hardness testing machines. The instruments are used both for industrial applications and material research and the company specializes in custom-made test lines.

The Qness portfolio complements that of ATM GmbH which is also part of Verder Scientific, the company said. In future, ATM’s product range for metallographic sample preparation and the hardness testing machines from Qness will form a platform to provide complete solutions for materials testing.

‘With ATM and Qness the two technological leaders in metallography and hardness testing are united under the roof of Verder Scientific,’ said Dr Jürgen Pankratz, CEO of the division. ‘Qness will have access to additional resources to push international expansion and extend its innovative product range.’

In a second step, Verder will acquire 100% of the organization.

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