Customers will benefit from combined industrial quality and research portfolio.
Zeiss is expanding the industrial metrology and quality assurance portfolio of its Industrial Quality & Research segment by acquiring GOM, a leading provider of hardware and software for automated 3D coordinate measuring technology. Both Zeiss and GOM have enjoyed strong growth in the past years and proved successful on the market. The aim is to further strengthen this leading technological position together, especially in the area of optical digitisation systems. The combination of 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. This is entirely in keeping with our corporate strategy, which is focused on our customers’ success.”
“Combining the Zeiss product portfolio with the optical 3D measuring technology from GOM has the potential to create new opportunities and expand market access for Industrial Quality & Research. GOM offers cutting-edge solutions for surface digitisation, which will strengthen Zeiss in this area.”
“With this acquisition, we are pursuing our goal of achieving a leading position in the area of surface measurement and digitisation. Customers and users in both areas will benefit from the strengths of GOM and Zeiss in the areas of software and hardware,” said Dr. Jochen Peter, Member of the Zeiss Executive Board and Head of the Industrial Quality & Research segment.
“Being part of the Zeiss Group will open up new opportunities for GOM in the future, which will also positively impact the site in Braunschweig and our business partners. By pooling Zeiss and GOM’s process and solutions know-how, we can tap into new customer segments and applications,” says Dr. Detlef Winter, Managing Director of GOM.
Once the transaction has been completed, GOM will become part of the Zeiss Industrial Quality & Research segment (revenue in 2017/18: 1.549 billion euros). The legal form of the GOM companies in Germany and abroad will remain unchanged. The successful cooperation with the global sales partners will be continued. Subject to approval by the regulatory authorities, the transaction is due to be finalised in the first half of 2019. Both sides have agreed not to disclose the financial details of this transaction.
RGC comment on the GOM Zeiss merger
“RGC has been the GOM representative in South Africa since 2005. RGC has over the years built up a strong GOM presence in South Africa with many manual and automated system installed in South Africa. We have also developed a well-trained expert sales and support service team leading to its success in introducing GOM to the South African market,” said Aurelio Grech-Cumbo, Chief Executive Officer of RGC Engineering.
“The fact is GOM will become part of the Zeiss group but will continue to operate independently where there is a GOM representation present, subject to all regulatory requirements being met.”
“GOM’s success is the global network that has been developed, besides South Africa, as well as GOM’s leading technology and technical support. These are the main values of GOM and their distribution network.”
“Our clients do not have to worry about anything changing for them. They will continue to enjoy the support from RGC Engineering and GOM as before. Should our customers require any further clarification they are welcome to contact me.”