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mic AG: mic sense AG takes a majority stake in systems specialist SHS Technologies GmbH

(PresseBox) (Munich, ) The theme-based holding company mic sense AG, which belongs to mic AG (ISIN DE000A0KF6S5), has, with the acquisition of a 51% stake in SHS Technologies GmbH, Chemnitz, taken an important strategic step to expand the technology base and market positioning of the branch holding into the industrial control and measurement engineering sector.

SHS Technologies, founded in 2011, owns a system that can be used in manufacturing processes to detect highly complex material and manufacturing defects without interrupting production. This system, known as the "Speed Optical Analyzer System" (SOANA for short) is the only system of its kind that can be used directly in an operating production-line process for quality assurance.

"With the establishment of this innovative system, a new stage in automated quality control and quality assurance is attained", explains Berndt Büsterfeld, Board member for mic sense AG. "The speed and precision of the data processing and its highly complex algorithms represent a fundamental component of the innovation", Büsterfeld continues.

Enterprises in the metal processing and automobile industry have already shown great interest in this product. Thus a test facility was able to be installed at a large German car manufacturer. Enormous savings can be achieved with a successful application particularly with regards to production and material costs. SOANA, based on picture processing, is specially designed to recognise defects on metallic surfaces and to display defects pictures in keeping with the speed of the production belt (processing cycle). The system has a modular concept and can thus be used variably and specifically according to the application. A further option is to integrate it directly in various facilities, such as presses.

Claus-Georg Müller, Chair of the Board for mic AG, comments on the acquisition as follows: "We are very excited with SHS Technologies GmbH to be able to integrate a highly innovative enterprise into our total portfolio and, with the synergies within the mic Group in manufacturing, sales and marketing and service, we will be on hand with support."

About mic sense AG:

mic sense AG is an independent holding company within the mic Group and bundles enterprises from the technology sectors sensors, optics and picture and data processing in the one company. Oriented as a solutions and systems provider for industrial control and measurement engineering, mic sense AG pursues the goal of creating a profitable group with strong growth through acquiring majority stakes in innovative high-tech enterprises and a sustainable buy-and-build strategy. mic sense AG currently has stakes in FIBOTEC FIBEROPTICS GmbH, FiSec GmbH and SHS Technologies GmbH (http://www.shs-tech.de).

mic AG

As a venture capitalist, Munich-based mic AG invests at an early stage in promising companies in the clean-tech, life sciences, microsystems, optics and software/IT sectors. With the help of its international network, the mic Group assists the companies in which it invests to position themselves rapidly and successfully and supports them in the search for investors to finance growth. mic AG has been listed in the Entry Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange since October 2006 (Stock Exchange abbreviation: M3B, ISIN: DE000A0KF6S5). As at 31.12.2012 the company accounted for equity of 32.1 million Euro. You can find more information about mic AG at www.mic-ag.eu.