IT company Hexagon buys Aicon 3D Systems
Swedish IT company, Hexagon, has bought Aicon 3D Systems, a provider of optical non-contact 3D measuring devices for industrial manufacturing. The fee for the acquisition was undisclosed.
Hexagon supplies information technology and sensing solutions covering manufacturing, engineering and geospatial markets. The company has 16,000 employees and net sales of approximately €3 billion.
The acquisition will incorporate Aicon’s 3D metrology systems based on camera technology into Hexagon’s sensor product portfolio. This includes the technology from Breuckmann, which Aicon purchased in 2012 and then merged into Aicon 3D Systems in 2015.
Founded in 1990 and based in Braunschweig, Germany, Aicon makes measurement technology for automotive manufacturers and companies in the aerospace, shipbuilding, renewable energy and mechanical engineering markets. Its technology portfolio includes portable coordinate measuring machines for universal applications and specialised optical 3D measuring systems that enable efficient, high-precision monitoring, quality assurance and control in manufacturing production.
With more than 140 employees, Aicon has a direct presence in Germany, and subsidiaries in China, Korea, Japan and the US. The company’s turnover for 2015 was approximately €19 million.
‘Aicon is a recognised brand with strong core technical competence across its development teams and its scanner portfolio is a strategic fit,’ said Hexagon president and CEO Ola Rollén. ‘We also see opportunities for international expansion of Aicon’s wider portfolio throughout Hexagon’s global footprint.’
The CEOs of Aicon 3D Systems, Carl-Thomas Schneider and Werner Bösemann, commented: ‘Joining Hexagon is a great opportunity to bring our first-class Aicon scanner products to a wide range of customers worldwide.’