Carlisle Companies Inc. (Charlotte NC) has acquired MS Oberflächentechnik AG (MS), a Swiss-based developer and manufacturer of powder coating systems and related components. With annual sales of approximately $6-million, MS designs and manufactures customized powder coating systems and components for several end markets and sells primarily to customers in Europe. The company has been owned by Henry Marcon for the past 25 years and operates from facilities in Balgach, Switzerland. MS has 30 employees. In making the announcement, Carlisle president Barry Holt said, “The acquisition of MS fits squarely into our growth plans and further builds upon the global foundation of a comprehensive technology platform under the new Carlisle Fluid Technologies division. With the acquisition of MS we open up significant new incremental business opportunities with both existing and new customers who use this finishing technology.” The purchase of MS means the company adds a fifth brand to its portfolio of brands, including Binks, DeVilbiss, Ransburg and BGK. Its business operates from 26 locations in seven countries with 50 percent of its sales in the Americas and the remainder primarily in Asia and Europe.