Charter International plc has been acquired by Colfax Corporation, effective Jan. 13. Colfax Corporation is a diversified manufacturing and engineering company that provides gas and fluid handling and fabrication technology products and services to commercial and governmental customers around the world. Charter’s businesses are focused on welding, cutting and automation (ESAB), as well as air and gas handling (Howden).

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In other news, Colfax announced that it will issue a press release providing financial results for the fourth quarter of 2011 at approximately 6 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Feb. 7, and will hold a conference call to discuss these results beginning at 8 a.m. EST on that day. The call will be open to the public through 877 303-7908 or 678 373-0875 and webcast via Colfax”s website at under the “Investors” section.