GEA PHE Systems, York, Pa., has agreed to a strategic partnership with Vahterus Oy of Finland.Founded in 1990, Vahterus manufactures fully welded plate heat exchangers. The agreement is expected to take advantage of the joint strengths of both companies as they focus on development and global sales. The gastight Finnish heat exchangers round off GEA PHE Systems' product portfolio of plate heat exchangers.

According to the companies, the compact Vahterus plate heat exchangers complement the fully welded high-performance plate heat exchangers from GEA PHE Systems. The units are mainly used in the chemical industry, in power stations and in refrigeration engineering. The gastight heat exchangers are designed for extreme pressure and temperature ranges.

Vahterus Oy is located in Vahterus/Kalanti, Finland.