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Share your thoughts: Split of Agilent good for the North Bay?

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    NBBJ Pulse Poll

    Do you think the pending split of Agilent, creating a new Santa Rosa-based company, is a good thing for the North Bay?

    • Yes (69%, 47 votes)
    • No (10%, 7 votes)
    • Don't know (21%, 14 votes)

    Total voters: 68
    Polling period: September 25, 2013 @ 12:00 pm – October 2, 2013 @ 12:00 pm

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    Santa Rosa will soon be home to a multi-billion-dollar international electronics measurement technology company following Agilent Technologies’ (NYSE: A) decision to spin off the division that is headquartered in the North Bay.

    Agilent will rename the electronic measurement spinoff, which will maintain its current headquarters in Santa Rosa, said division president Guy Séné. The remaining company will retain the name “Agilent” and focus on life sciences and diagnostic medical technology.

    The spinoff announcement came Sept. 19, nearly 15 years after Agilent’s own spinoff from Hewlett Packard.

    Read more of “New Agilent spinoff will be based in Santa Rosa.”

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    1 Comment

    1. September 30, 2013, 8:29 am

      by John

      The planned split is a good thing for the test and measurement side of Agilent, just as it was when we split from HP. The biggest impact will be rebranding our products.

      But as the overwhelming leader in the T&M market, customers are more concerned about the hardware and less about the name. In many cases they still refer to us as HP. As management has pointed out, we’ve done this before — spinning off a computer/printer company, a board test company, semiconductor and LED companies, and now we’re spinning off a life sciences and diagnostics company.

      We’ll continue to be successful, and now that we can concentrate on our own growth, we have incredible opportunities to grow and contribute to the acceleration of the science of electronic test and measurement.

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