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Zeiss measures a deal with GOM
Posted on Friday, 12 April 2019 12:01
Zeiss is buying Germany’s GOM, a provider of hardware and software for automated 3D coordinate measuring technology, for an undisclosed sum.

The transaction, which remains subject to regulatory approval, is expected to complete in the first half of 2019.

Upon closing, the target will become part of Zeiss’ industrial quality and research division.

Headquartered in Brunswick, GOM develops, produces and distributes software, machines and systems for industrial and automated 3D coordinated measuring technology and 3D testing.

It has over 60 sites and employs more than 1,000 metrology specialists.

The company has installed 17,000 systems for clients in the automotive, aerospace and consumer goods industries and posted revenue of EUR 150.00 million in fiscal 2017/2018.

GOM’s products include ATOS, a series of industrial optical 3D scanners which are used to inspect sheet metal parts, tools and ties and turbine blades, among others.

Jochen Peter, head of Zeiss’s industrial quality and research segment, said: “With this acquisition, we are pursuing our goal of achieving a leading position in the area of surface measurement and digitisation.”

Based in Oberkochen, the purchaser develops, produces and distributes technology for the optics and optoelectronics industry.

Zeiss’ products include camera lenses, ultraviolet glasses lenses, binoculars and riflescopes.

Michael Kaschke, chief executive of the buyer, said: “By acquiring GOM and thereby expanding our solutions portfolio, we are bolstering the leading position of our industrial quality and research segment and will be able to offer even better solutions for our customers.”

Zeiss has over 30,000 employees across 50 countries worldwide, and booked revenue of EUR 5.82 billion for the financial year ended 30th September 2018, up from EUR 5.35 billion in the preceding 12 months.

The buyer is no stranger to the acquisition trail, having agreed to buy IanTech, a US-based company which produces technology for micro-interventional cataract surgery, through its subsidiary Carl Zeiss Meditec, for an undisclosed sum back in October.

Zephyr, M&A database published by Bureau van Dijk, shows there have been 288 deals targeting navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturers announced worldwide since the beginning of 2019.

Ingersoll Rand agreeing to acquire US-based Precision Flow Systems for USD 1.45 billion was the largest of these.

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