Sulzer AG, the Swiss pumpmaker, is considering expanding its energy industry equipment business through a potential merger with Dresser-Rand Group Inc.

A merger would combine U.S.-based Dresser-Rand’s compressors and turbines with Sulzer’s industrial pumps to serve oil and gas customers, creating a company with $6.5 billion in sales. The transaction would give both companies a bigger footprint as demand for energy services expands amid a North American drilling boom in shale rock and other unconventional oil and gas development.

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