ASF Metrology to Acquire Nikon Metrology's CMM Business
The move, expected to close in the coming months, is intended to enable Nikon Metrology to focus on non-contact metrology and enable ASF Metrology to grow its CMM business.
Nikon Metrology (Leuven, Belgium) announced that ASF Metrology (Torino, Italy) intends to acquire its coordinate measuring machine (CMM) business. The closing of the transaction is expected to take place in the coming months.
Nikon’s CMM business, with offices in Belgium, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States, represents approximately 25 percent of the company’s total worldwide consolidated turnover.
Upon closing, all CMM production, development, sales and service activities, including Camio software, will be transferred to ASF Metrology. Nikon will continue to serve selected accounts as part of a strategic marketing partnership. All employees mainly dedicated to the CMM business are expected to transfer to ASF Metrology.
“This business transfer is in line with the 2017 Nikon Corp. strategic review for industrial metrology to focus on non-contact inspection, based on optical and X-ray technology and will allow both companies to focus on a more efficient growth strategy for each of their businesses,” says Nikon Metrology CEO Hajime Kosawa.
“Thanks to our long-term experience in the CMM market and the close cooperation with Nikon Metrology, I believe that ASF Metrology’s competitive position in the industry and its focus on CMMs will enable us to expand the existing solid customer base,” says Angelo Muscarella, ASF Metrology CEO. “We will focus on growth in all regions by expanding our market coverage worldwide, leveraging the former LK brand name of the CMM business and its track record.”
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