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Sept. 17 (Bloomberg) -- Sulzer AG, the Swiss pumpmaker, said it is in talks with U.S. oilfield equipment maker Dresser Rand Group Inc. about a potential merger.

Sulzer “is engaged in non-exclusive discussions with Dresser-Rand regarding a potential transaction,” the Winterthur, Switzerland-based company said in a statement, without elaborating further.

“There can be no assurance that a transaction will result from these discussions,” it said.

Sulzer issued the statement in response to a report by Swiss newspaper Handelszeitung earlier today, which said the two companies could announce a merger as soon as next month. Dresser-Rand is working with Morgan Stanley to prepare for possible takeover bids from companies including Siemens AG, people with knowledge of the matter said last month.

To contact the reporter on this story: Patrick Winters in Zurich at pwinters3@bloomberg.net To contact the editors responsible for this story: Simon Thiel at sthiel1@bloomberg.net Andrew Noel

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