Changing names

November 4, 2010
The Column

Volume 6, Issue 19

Mallinckrodt Baker will now be known as Avantor Performance Materials, company officials announced as they unveiled a new name and identity following the recent acquisition by an affiliate of New Mountain Capital.

Mallinckrodt Baker will now be known as Avantor Performance Materials, company officials announced today as they unveiled a new name and identity following the recent acquisition by an affiliate of New Mountain Capital, a New York-based private equity investment firm. The company manufactures and markets high-performance chemistries and materials around the world as J.T.Baker and Mallinckrodt Chemicals. These products are used in biotechnology and pharmaceutical production, microelectronics and photovoltaic manufacturing and in research, academic and quality control laboratories.

“Our new name conveys several very important ideals,” said Raj Gupta, executive chairman at Avantor and senior advisor at New Mountain Capital. “We chose Avantor because of its relevance to leadership. The word ‘Avant’ — as in avant-garde — evokes the bold ideas, energy, innovation and passion that we have as a company. The word ‘Tor’ means mountain and represents our aspiration to achieve new heights of performance and quality as well as our affiliation with New Mountain Capital.”

Ron Harding, president of Avantor, added, “It’s a new day for us and our new name sets the tone for our mission to enable customers to soar to new heights, take on new challenges and achieve new breakthroughs.”

For more details visit www.avantormaterials.com

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