Why were you surprised, John?
The deal "is the next step in our transformational journey," ... "It adds products and services to enable us to have scale, depth and breadth to bring more value to our customers."
Meanwhile, am I right in thinking that they've let go of (sold off, that is) Air-Shields to another well known "global" company? To be honest, I've given up trying to keep track of who owns what (whom) these days. Everything since BOC became Ohmeda has just been a vague blurr, as far as I'm concerned.
And who was it that W-A themselves acquired
not so long ago? Schiller (to name but one) - but hasn't it changed hands again since then? As I say, it's a job to keep up.
Anyway, does it actually matter? As I may have mentioned before, to my mind "kit is just kit"; and a whole lot of it these days is just "plastic" junk anyway (regardless of company, whose logo
is hanging off the side, or country of origin). Maybe the only noticeable outcome is when a "good" service department gets amalgamated (down-sized, more like) with a "bad" one - or vice-versa