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Gardasoft Vision acquired by Japanese company Optex

Gardasoft Vision has been acquired by Optex of Japan. The machine vision lighting company will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Optex.

Gardasoft Vision is based in Cambridge, UK and was founded in 1999 by Peter Bhagat and Jane Bhagat. The company specialises in the design and manufacture of high performance strobe controllers for LED lighting and high intensity LED illuminators, providing solutions to the machine vision and intelligent traffic (ANPR) markets.

The company’s most recent innovation, Triniti, is an enabling technology that provides expert control, operational intelligence and full integration of machine vision lighting, all within a plug-and-play environment.

The technology was shortlisted for the 2014 Vision Award at Vision Stuttgart. The company is also involved in developing machine vision lighting standards.

The Optex Group is a global solutions provider. Optex FA serves factory automation sector with an established business in LED lighting and lighting control systems. With group sales of £180 million (¥28 billion) and a strong position in the worldwide market, it is looking to grow its business and expand its product and technology offering to its global customer base.

Being part of Optex will allow Gardasoft Vision to extend the applications of its Triniti technology. Both companies are looking to work together to exploit wider product and market synergies.

Fundamentally, the Gardasoft Vision company management structure remains unchanged with Hilary Briggs as MD and Peter Bhagat continuing full time with his product and technology role within the business.

Gardasoft Vision will continue to trade and promote under its existing name and branding.

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