Maple Grove, Minnesota – Zeiss Industrial Quality Solutions plans to buy GOM, a German supplier of 3D coordinate measurement equipment and software. A major quality supplier to the auto industry, Volkswagen is a major user of GOM’s ATOS ScanBox systems (in an assembly plant that also features Zeiss equipment).
The goal of the merger is to expand the capabilities and applications of optical digitization systems. Combining existing products and solutions as well as joint innovations in the future will lay the foundation for shaping and entering new markets.
“Our growth strategy expressly mentions the targeted acquisition of highly innovative solutions, technologies, and companies, which can reach their full potential as part of the Zeiss Group," says Dr. Michael Kaschke, President & CEO of Zeiss. "By acquiring GOM and thereby expanding our solutions portfolio, we are bolstering the leading position of our Industrial Quality & Research segment and will be able to offer even better solutions for our customers.”
Most recently, GOM was in the news for signing a distribution agreement with Exact Metrology in Cincinnati, Ohio, to supply GOM computer tomography (CT) systems to U.S. customers. Zeiss officials say GOM’s “cooperation with the global sales partners will be continued” following the merger.
GOM and Zeiss expect the deal to close before the end of June, 2019.
Dr. Jochen Peter, Member of the Zeiss Executive Board and Head of the Industrial Quality & Research segment, explains, “With this acquisition, we are pursuing our goal of achieving a leading position in the area of surface measurement and digitization.”
Dr. Detlef Winter, Managing Director of GOM, adds, “By pooling Zeiss and GOM's process and solutions know-how, we can tap into new customer segments and applications."
GOM develops, produces, and distributes software, machines and systems for industrial and automated 3D coordinate measuring technology and 3D testing. Founded in 1990, the company is headquartered in Braunschweig, Germany, and has a global workforce of about 600 people. Its customers include international companies from the automotive, aerospace, and consumer goods industries as well as research institutions and universities. In fiscal year 2017/18, the company generated about $169 million in revenue.