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CDS Analytical LLC, the global leader of gas chromatography (GC) sample introduction instrument for the analytical laboratory, has signed a definitive agreement with 3M Purification Inc to acquire the rights to Empore™ products, including production equipment related to manufacturing 3M™ Empore™ products, know-how in product formula, process standards, quality control, specification, and the Empore™ trademark. 3M will also license certain patents to CDS Analytical related to the Empore™ products. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

With this acquisition, CDS Analytical extends its reach into lab consumables and lays the foundation to expand its offerings to Environmental, Food Science and Biopharma customers, while creating opportunities to establish one-stop shop by covering both SPE instruments and consumables. The acquisition will combine the power of the CDS Analytical’s cutting-edge technology in analytical instrument with Empore™ brand’s legendary membrane formula in separation science to drive behavior change with CDS Analytical’s expertise in analytical chemistry and proven ability in manufacturing high quality products over the past 50 years.


During the transition, certain Empore™ products shipped will have 3M™ Empore™ logo on the packaging before fully switching to CDS Empore™ logo.

Empore Products

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Empore Disk

47 and 90 mm disks with C18, C8, SDB-XC, SDB-RPS, Oil & Grease and Activated Carbon

Empore Cartridge

1, 3, and 6 mL cartridges with minimum elution volume 

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Empore 96-well Plate

96-well plate with 1.2 and 2.5 ml well volume 

Empore EZ-Trace

Four channel high-throughput SPE equipment

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Empore StageTips

SPE Micropipette Tips with C18, C8, SDB-XC, SDB-RPS, SAX, and SCX

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