Following its change of ownership in May from the Linde Group, BOC Edwards has announced that it will now be known to the industry as Edwards. A leading supplier of vacuum, abatement, and chemical management equipment and services, Edwards has more than 4,000 employees. CEO Nigel Hunton said: "With the support of our new owners, CCMP Capital, we intend to invest in growing Edwards as a newly independent, privately owned company." Founded by F.D. Edwards in 1919, Edwards High Vacuum International was acquired by the BOC Group in 1968 and became BOC Edwards in 1997. The BOC Group was acquired by the Linde Group in September 2006. CCMP Capital purchased BOC Edwards' equipment business in May.