Colfax Corporation (the "Company", "Colfax", "we" or "us") is a leading diversified technology company that provides air and gas handling and fabrication technology products and services to customers around the world principally under the Howden and ESAB brands. The Company has been built through a series of acquisitions, as well as organic growth, since its founding in 1995. We seek to build an enduring premier global enterprise by applying the Colfax Business System ("CBS") to continuously improve our Company and pursue growth in revenues and improvements in profit and cash flow.
On January 13, 2012, we closed the acquisition of Charter International plc ("Charter"), which transformed Colfax from a fluid handling business into a diversified industrial enterprise with a broad global footprint. This acquisition provided an additional growth platform in the fragmented fabrication technology sector, while broadening the scope of our fluid handling platform to include air and gas handling products.
Following the acquisition of Charter, we completed 24 acquisitions to grow and strengthen our business. Four of those acquisitions related to our fluid handling operations, which we sold in December 2017, as discussed below. During the most recent three-year period, we completed four acquisitions in our Air and Gas Handling segment that expanded our portfolio of gas compression products and enhanced our fan product offering with ventilation control software. We also completed six acquisitions in our Fabrication Technology segment during the most recent three-year period that broadened our product offering and technology content.