Rockwell Automation Announces New Acquisitions
MILWAUKEE, WI — Rockwell Automation, an industrial automation and digital automation provider, announced two acquisitions, one domestic and one international, that will be finalized in the coming months.
In the U.S., Rockwell has signed an agreement to acquire Beachwood, Ohio-based Kalypso, a software delivery and consulting firm specializing in the digital transformation of industrial companies with a strong client base in life sciences, consumer products, and industrial high-tech.
Kalypso offers a full suite of consulting, digital innovation, enterprise technology, and business process management services that enable the transformation of product design and development, production management, and client service models.
“Kalypso’s deep roster of experienced consultants and technologists, expertise across the digital value chain, and established customer base in key growth sectors will enable us to further accelerate our customers’ Connected Enterprise journey and support Rockwell Automation’s strategic objective of continued double-digit growth in Information Solutions and Connected Services,” says Frank Kulaszewicz, senior vice president of control products and solutions at Rockwell Automation.
“We are excited to be joining Rockwell Automation to broaden its enterprise software consulting and information architecture offerings and enhance our ability to help our clients harness the power of digital innovation to discover, create, make, and sell better products,” adds Kalypso CEO George Young.
Internationally, Rockwell has signed an agreement to acquire Italy-based ASEM, S.p.A., a provider of digital automation technologies. ASEM provides a complete range of Industrial PCs (IPCs), Human-Machine Interface (HMI) hardware and software, remote access capabilities, and secure Industrial IoT gateway solutions.
Rockwell stated that ASEM’s high-performance automation solutions enable the connected enterprise with smarter technology, enhanced productivity, and a more secure environment by integrating smart devices, the control platform, and design and operational software all on a single network.
“ASEM’s strength in the IPC market and expertise in HMI will further expand our control & visualization hardware and software portfolio and enhance our ability to deliver high-performance, integrated automation solutions,” says Fran Wlodarczyk, Rockwell’s senior vice president of architecture and software. “ASEM’s products will provide our customers with a high degree of configurability for their industrial computing needs through innovative hardware and software that allows them to achieve faster time to market, lower their cost of ownership, improve asset utilization, and better manage enterprise risk.”
The transaction includes the purchase of a minority interest in ASEM held by Germany-based KEB Group. Post-close, Rockwell Automation will maintain ASEM’s strategic supplier and technology partner relationship with KEB.
“ASEM has a leading market position in Italy and has a brand that is synonymous with quality,” says Renzo Guerra, ASEM founder, president and CEO. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to leverage our pioneering expertise in the design and production of industrial PCs and industrial software to broaden Rockwell Automation’s Control and Visualization offering and accelerate the digital transformation of our customers.”