Hexagon AB Acquires Apodius GmbH
Acquisition augments Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s expertise in the measurement of composite materials
Hexagon AB, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications, today announced the acquisition of Apodius GmbH, a start-up specialised in measurement solutions for fibre composite components.
Based in Germany, Apodius was founded in 2012 and serves original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) as well as suppliers in the automotive, aerospace, electronics and appliances industries with the development, production and integration of measurement solutions for carbon fibre.
Carbon composite materials are enablers for lightweight structures in various high-growth fields like aerospace, automotive and renewable energy. Furthering Hexagon’s strategy to expand its expertise and portfolio to support current and future manufacturing trends, the Apodius acquisition adds core capabilities to support the implementation of measurement solutions in multi-layered textile reinforced structures for extremely light, rigid and robust fibre composite components.
“The requirements for composite fibre inspection go beyond the classical dimensional metrology which Hexagon’s current offering provides,” said Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence President Norbert Hanke. “Apodius’ solutions offer a perfect complement to our portfolio, in terms of technology and application expertise.”
Apodius Co-CEOs, Alexander Leutner and Jonathan Roberz, added, “Providing highly-accurate positioning data, Hexagon’s solutions fit perfectly to our sensors. Furthermore, joining Hexagon is a great opportunity to bring our technology to composite production lines all over the world.”