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Updated: June 26, 2023

Gorham-based Microwave Techniques adds German counterpart to its portfolio

person welding Courtesy / Microwave Techniques LLC A Microwave Techniques employee welds a microwave component.

Microwave Techniques LLC, a Gorham company specializing in high-power microwave solutions, acquired Valvo Bauelemente GmbH of Hamburg, Germany, in a bid to leverage complementary product portfolios and expertise in the engineering and manufacturing of microwave components and systems.

“Valvo is a great business with a highly capable team that provides unique components to valued customers globally,” said Peter Anania, president and CEO of Microwave Techniques. “We are excited to continue our work in this new phase of growth for all.”

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Peter Anania.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Microwave Techniques is part of a portfolio of companies with Anania & Associates Investment Co. LLC, a private equity firm in Portland that partners with management teams acquiring and building companies with a high potential for growth and long-term sustainability.  

Microwaves are a form of radiofrequency energy that’s used for telecommunications services and non-telecommunications use such as microwave ovens, radar, industrial heating, sealing and medical applications.

Microwave Techniques was formed in 2020 from the merger of Mega Industries, a Gorham manufacturer of high-power microwave components used in military, research and medical applications, and Ferrite Microwave Technologies of Nashua, N.H., which makes microwave components mainly for medical and some military uses and microwave heating systems for large meat processing companies.

Microwave Techniques is based at an industrial park in Gorham.

In 2020, the merged entity had about 25% of the global high-power microwave systems and components market, estimated to be in the billions of dollars.

The group also includes Micro Communications, Industrial Systems and now Valvo. The group  has thousands of customers across the broadcast, research/high energy physics, radar systems, space, defense, food and heating markets. 

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A Microwave Techniques employee analyzes a microwave component.

Valvo was established as an independent company in 1999.  Its products are deployed in a wide range of global markets, serving customers in several growing high-power microwave and radiofrequency applications, including scientific research, medical research and plasma-based science. 

Similar to Valvo, Microwave Techniques LLC manufactures high-power radiofrequency and microwave components, employed in many of the same applications. Its product line includes waveguide components, coaxial components, ultra-high vacuum components, industrial microwave systems and microwave generators. 

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A Microwave Techniques part.

Microwave Techniques has its headquarters and two component factories in Gorham and an industrial microwave systems factory in Nashua, N.H.

Valvo engineering and manufacturing operations will remain at its Hamburg microwave component facility and laboratory. Valvo will continue to produce legacy components while fulfilling existing and future projects. 

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Valvo’s products are deployed in a wide range of global markets

With the acquisition, Microwave Techniques employs over 140 people across the four manufacturing facilities. 

The acquisition establishes a partnership across teams and resources in the U.S. and Germany for many business areas, including customer support, product line integration, employee collaboration and shared research and development projects.

The combined company and teams continue explore research and development avenues for the engineering and manufacturing of circulators, isolators and loads, as well as innovations for other high-power microwave component product lines. 

Product lines across the two companies include several thousand designs of high-power, passive RF components and microwave devices in waveguide and coaxial configuration. 

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A Microwave Techniques employee manufactures a microwave component.

Microwave Techniques LLC will begin immediately supporting Valvo, its customers and employees, along with integrating the Valvo team, resources and legacy product line into Microwave Techniques. 






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