Hexagon acquires Aibotix, an innovative manufacturer of advanced drones
Hexagon's years of experience in professional solutions and the wide range of consolidates to the benefit of Aibotix through the acquisition. As part of Hexagon Aibotix can access an international sales structure and integrate a wide range of sensors and software.
"We are pleased that the Hexagon Group as a leader has decided for us and savors the innovative power of our company. This allows us to strengthen our market position, expand our development and to offer together with the Hexagon Group wide and fully integrated solutions across multiple vertical markets, such as inspections and mapping. "Jörg Lamprecht, CEO and founder of Aibotix GmbH.
Hexagon Technologies measures with great precision and tremendous quickness large amounts of complex data that are visualized via engineering and geospatial software. The products of Aibotix are ideal for delivering highly accurate geo-information, which is an excellent complement to the Hexagon products. By combining the surveying technologies with the products of Aibotix many highly innovative applications for small and large businesses arise.
Leica Geosystems GmbH and Intergraph also belong to the Hexagon group. Aibotix and Leica have already received a strategic partnership in May 2013 to develop the inspection and monitoring market from the air. By purchasing Hexagon the cooperation between Leica and Aibotix is now even stronger.
"The Aibotix acquisition is an important addition to Hexagon's photogrammetric and mapping technologies portfolio," said Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén. "The growing number of applications for UAV-based solutions offers huge growth potential, especially in areas that require frequent and local updates such as smart city applications, dynamic GIS, and emergency response."
Hexagon (NASDAQ OMX Stockholm: HEXA B) is a leading global provider of design, measurement and visualisation technologies. Our customers can design, measure and position objects, and process and present data, to stay one step ahead of a changing world.Hexagon's technologies increase productivity, enhance quality and allow for faster, better operational decisions, saving time, money and resources. Hexagon has more than 14 000 employees in over 40 countries and net sales of about 2 400 MEUR. Our products are used in a broad range of industries including surveying, power and energy, aerospace and defence, construction, safety and security, automotive and manufacturing.
The Aibotix GmbH was founded in 2010 in Kassel and develops and produces high quality intelligence multicopters. In August 2011 Aibotix put on the market a new generation of multicopters. The high degree of automation and first class components make the Aibot X6 what it is: a premium copter which provides individual and high automatic solutions for all application areas. Aibotix GmbH has its headquarters in Kassel and employs 35 collaborators. Aibotix is globally present and offers their customers personal consulting and support worldwide due to its partner network as well as the opportunity of testing and purchasing the Aibot X6.