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Hexagon acquires optical 3D metrology provider

March 31, 2016  - By
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Hexagon AB has acquired AICON 3D Systems, a provider of optical and portable non-contact 3D measuring systems for industrial manufacturing.

Founded in 1990 and based in Braunschweig, Germany, AICON has been providing measurement systems for automotive manufacturers and companies in the aerospace, shipbuilding, renewable energy and mechanical engineering markets for more than 25 years.

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, subsidiaries in China, Korea, Japan and the U.S., and a network of resellers worldwide supported by its field support resources.

“AICON is a recognized 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.”

Also, the CEOs of AICON 3D Systems, Carl-Thomas Schneider and Werner Bösemann, further commented: “Joining Hexagon is a great opportunity to bring our first-class AICON scanner products to a wide range of customers worldwide.”

AICON will be fully consolidated as of April. The company’s turnover for 2015 amounted to approximately 19 MEUR.

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About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.