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wenglor acquires ShapeDrive

wenglor sensoric (Munich, Germany) has acquired 3D specialist ShapeDrive.

Also based in Munich, 3D specialist ShapeDrive is a leading manufacturer of components and systems in the field of 3D coordinate measuring technology for industrial, medical and scientific applications.

wenglor did the deal so that it could expand its innovative portfolio for 3D measuring technology and offer its worldwide customer base new solutions for automated manufacturing and quality assurance.

The backdrop is advancing automation and digitalization in the age of Industry 4.0, in which three-dimensional image processing systems are expanding the opportunities provided by process automation and quality assurance many times over.

wenglor managing director Rafael Baur said: “We’re very pleased to once again extend our expertise in 3D measuring technology with ShapeDrive, and to thus broaden our options for the future”, says “A mutual fascination for imaging technologies unites us and results in ideal prospects for combining the best of both worlds into something new and innovative. We see tremendous potential in this constellation!”

The ShapeDrive product line will be integrated into wenglor’s portfolio and further developed at the wenglorMEL facility in Eching near Munich. The ShapeDrive research and development department will also move to Eching.

Managing director of ShapeDrive Dr Matthias Rottenkolber said: “We can hardly wait to start working together with wenglor. The company has an outstanding, internationally aligned sales network and well developed production capacity. In the years to come, the trend towards Industry 4.0 will change the industrial landscape to a great extent – in particular due to increasing degrees of automation, big data and advancing levels of networking in production. Together, we will actively shape this transformation.”