First on the radar this week in the world of motion control is some big news about company acquisitions.
AMETEK announced this week that it has completed its acquisition of the parent company of Dunkermotoren GmbH, a supplier of advanced motion control systems for a wide range of industrial automation applications.
Frank S. Hermance, AMETEK’s Chairman and CEO, said that “We are excited about the acquisition of such an outstanding company. Dunkermotoren is a global leader in highly engineered advanced motion control solutions for niche applications. It is an excellent strategic and highly complementary fit with our Precision Motion Control business. It expands our leadership position in niche rotary and linear motion applications. In addition, it broadens our manufacturing capabilities in both Europe and China, and greatly expands our presence in key industrial end markets.”
Dunkermotoren joins AMETEK as part of AMETEK Precision Motion Control, a division of AMETEK’s Electromechanical Group (EMG). AMETEK EMG, which had 2011 sales of $1.3 billion, is a leader in technical motors and associated systems, electrical interconnects, and specialty metals.
In other acquisition news, PI (Physik Instrumente), the U.S. operation of piezo and nanopositioning systems manufacturer Physik Instrumente GmbH, will now handle sales, distribution and service of miCos GmbH products for the U.S., Mexico and Canada effective June 1, 2012.
The acquisition of miCos GmbH will let PI supplement its nanopositioning and micro-positioning portfolio with the products and know-how of a leader in the field of vacuum positioning technology and system integration. PI’s product range of high-precision positioning systems is particularly expanded in the area of stepper motor stages and electro-magnetic linear motors. In addition, high-load rotation stages and long-travel linear stages (up to 1000 mm) are now also available.
And in non-acquisition news, PI also announced a new motorized microscope stage driven by ceramic linear motors.