OPTIMISM OVER U.S. MANUFACTURING RISES NEW YORK—Optimism regarding the direction of the domestic economy rose among U.S. industrial manufacturers during the first quarter of 2014, according to the Q1 2014 Manufacturing Barometer, released by PwC US. The positive sentiment about the prospects of U.S. commerce in the next 12 months reached the highest level since the fourth quarter of 2005. Conversely, optimism regarding the prospects of the world economy lessened during the first quarter as U.S. industrial manufacturers remained cautious on the global stage. Optimism around the prospects of the U.S. economy during the next 12 months rose among U.S. industrial manufacturers to 71% in the first quarter of 2014, from 68% in the previous quarter and 55% in the first quarter of 2013. Concurrent with the improved sentiment, uncertainty around the domestic outlook has continued to abate among industrial manufacturers, dropping to 27% in the first quarter, representing the lowest level since the first quarter of 2012. “The level of optimism among industrial manufacturers concerning the direction of the domestic economy continued to rise, with company revenue growth expectations remaining at healthy levels,” said Bobby Bono, PwC’s U.S. industrial manufacturing leader. “This improved sentiment bodes well for the year ahead, as management teams continue to indicate consistent near-term spending plans, including hiring more workers, supporting new product development and investing in IT and R&D. At the same time, sentiment regarding the outlook for worldwide commerce softened in the early months of 2014, while the level of uncertainty remained elevated. As a result, companies are continuing to focus primarily on investing in core products and services in an effort to expand market share, while taking a cautious approach to longer-term capital investment and overseas expansion.” According to the latest Manufacturing Barometer, overall sentiment about the world’s economic prospects among U.S. industrial manufacturers that market abroad weakened somewhat during the first quarter of 2014, with optimism declining to 41% from 47% in the fourth quarter of 2013. However, global sentiment is ahead of the 36% level of optimism recorded in the first quarter of 2013. Regarding actual company growth expectations, 82% of survey respondents expect positive revenue growth for their own companies in the next 12 months, with 15% forecasting double-digit gains and only five% anticipating decreased revenues. The projected average revenue growth rate for own-company revenue over the next 12 months remained consistent at 5.3%, compared to 5.4% in the fourth quarter of 2013, but well above the 4. 3% recorded in the first quarter of 2013. The majority (56%) of U.S. industrial manufacturers surveyed plan to add employees to their workforce over the next 12 months. This level is down modestly from the 60% indicating hiring plans in the fourth quarter of 2013, but up from 45% in last year’s first quarter. According to PwC’s report, the most sought-after employees will be skilled labor (33%), followed by production workers (30%) and professionals/ technicians (28%). In addition, there was an increase in plans to hire white collar support personnel at 20%,Compared to only 7% in last year’s first quarter. “While industrial manufacturers have continued to indicate a focus on hiring skilled labor, they are also increasingly concerned about the lack of qualified workers,” added Bono. “As the economy continues its growth path and the unemployment rate decreases, we will likely see an increased need for worker training programs aimed at helping companies support expansion, lift production and support innovation.” Plans for operational spending remain consistent, with 75% of respondents indicating increased outlays in the next 12 months, up slightly from 73% in the fourth quarter and 71% in the first quarter of 2013. Over the next 12 months, the leading investment areas include new product or service introductions, information technology and research and development. While near-term operating spending plans remain healthy, indications for longerterm investment remain moderate. Twenty-eight percent of respondents planned M&A activity in the year ahead, with the majority of that group focusing on purchasing another business, followed by the sale of part/ all of their own business or a spin-off.“Supported by strong balance sheets, there has been a gradual increase in sentiment for M&A among industrial manufacturers, pointing to some potential for increased activity in the year ahead,” Bono stated. Looking at other business initiatives, 18% of respondents indicated plans to expand into new markets abroad, while 13% planned to invest in new facilities abroad. Among the survey findings, lack of demand was cited as the leading potential barrier to growth in the next 12 months for 44% of respondents. This was followed by concerns about legislation/regulatory pressures, as indicated by 38% of respondents.Concern about capital constraints was mentioned by 28% of respondents, up notably from 17% in the fourth quarter.In addition, concerns about lack of qualified workers and potential decreasing profitability both rose to 28% of respondents, from 20% in the fourth quarter. Special Topic: Impact of Lower Energy Costs The latest Manufacturing Barometer revealed that 42% of industrial manufacturers anticipate lower overall energy costs over the next two to three years. Among other findings, the Barometer revealed that while 62% believe lower energy prices will have a positive impact on the U.S. economy, only 39% believe it will have a positive impact on the U.S. job market and new hiring. Fewer, 33%, believe it will bolster their own companies’ revenues. A majority (75%) of respondents noted that the most probable use of an “energy premium” by their own company would be to create higher bottom-line profits. A net 53% indicated they will likely seek to expand their own businesses in new markets abroad (41%), existing markets (37%), and/or new markets in the U.S. (30%). This was followed by improvement of supply chain (49%), while development/upgrade of manufacturing systems was cited by 39% of respondents. However, only 32% believe an energy premium would lead to an increased workforce/additional new hiring, and only 18% would likely increase capital spending. “Only 18% of industrial manufacturers confirmed that the benefits of reduced energy costs would likely lead to increased capital spending, in line with the conservative stance to longterm capital outlays we are seeing across the industry,” noted Bono. “While U.S. industrial manufacturers are investing in operational improvements and product development, they also remain focused on guarding against risk, maintaining strong balance sheets and supporting profit margins.” For more, visit www.pwc.com/manufacturing-barometer. HEXAGON ANNOUNCES EFFECTS OF VERIPOS ACQUISITION CHICAGO—Hexagon has in the purchase price allocation analysis performed following the acquisition of Veripos identified overlapping technologies and assets between Hexagon and Veripos. This will lead to a write-down which in combination with transaction costs (financial and legal advice) will impact Hexagon’s earnings for the first quarter 2014. The write-down relates to overlapping technology between Veripos’ TerraStar positioning business and the existing network positioning business within Hexagon. The write-down also relates to obsolete GNSS technology within Veripos, which in the future will use NovAtel GNSS receivers instead of using an external supplier. Hexagon’s earnings for the first quarter will, as previously announced, also be impacted by the capital loss from the divestment of SwePart Transmission in March. Hexagon will therefore in the first quarter 2014 record non-recurring items of in total -17.4 MEUR. For more, visit www.hexagon.com. AME SPEARHEADS EFFORTS TO ATTRACT LARGER WORKFORCE TO MANUFACTURING ROLLING MEADOWS, IL—With the market continuing to drive up demand for more workers in numerous manufacturing industries, the Association for Manufacturing Excellence (AME) is leading the charge to reinvigorate the national workforce and attract new personnel.AME continues to connect experienced workers with new job openings and is working with high schools to promote manufacturing as a desirable, viable career option. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2011 the average manufacturing worker in the U.S. earned more than $77,000 annually.These high-paying careers reflect the Growth of stable, profitable manufacturing industries within the country.This growth has driven up demand among these industries for highly skilled engineers, operators and technicians.In order to inspire the next generation to meet that rapidly growing demand, AME is reaching out to schools across the country to promote student growth and rewarding careers in manufacturing. AME’s Adopt a School Initiative will connect manufacturers with schools in their community to give students an opportunity to receive practical learning experience. The initiative will complement the growing number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) classes in schools across the country by providing students with hands-on experiences.Through the initiative, students will explore careers in manufacturing and have access to mentors. AME also provides scholarship opportunities to those pursuing a career in manufacturing. The Dr. Sherrie Ford Manufacturing as a Career Path 2014-2015 Scholarship provides an opportunity for career-minded individuals to make their mark on the manufacturing world. High school graduates or those with prior work experience who are seeking a college education are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is June 13, 2014, for students applying for the fall term. As job openings in numerous manufacturing industries continue to grow, so does AME’s commitment to promoting the value of a career in manufacturing to students and those who will soon enter the workforce.By working with schools and bringing them together with the manufacturers in their community, AME hopes to inspire the next generation of great engineers. For more, visit www.ame.org or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. TRESCAL PURSUES ACQUISITIONS IN N. AMERICA PARIS—Trescal announced that it has acquired Instrument Calibration Services and Test Equipment Repair Corporation, two companies that provide calibration and repair services for a wide variety of measurement and test equipment. The two transactions consolidate Trescal’s geographical footprint and enhance its calibration and repair capabilities in North America. The deals were completed with the support of Trescal’s majority shareholder, Ardian, the premium independent private investment company, and underscore Trescal’s position as a leading global provider of calibration services through its global network of over 67 owned calibration laboratories. This is the fourth expansion since Ardian acquired Trescal in July 2013. Instrument Calibration Services and Test Equipment Repair Corporation— both based in Atlanta, GA, and A2LA accredited—generated roughly $4.2 million in sales last year and have 24 employees including 18 engineers. The terms of the deals are not disclosed. “The acquisition furthers our growth strategy in North America, and marks Another significant step towards our goal of dominating the market within two years,” said Guillaume Caroit, general secretary of trescal. “Once again, the expertise of the teams and the reputation of these companies were critical aspects of both acquisitions.” Britt Myers, president and founder of both Instrument Calibration Services and Test Equipment Repair Corporation, said joining Trescal, a market leader in test and measurement equipment services, was an extraordinary opportunity. “I am happy to transfer my teams to Trescal, as this group is a pure player and specialist in calibration services strengthening its leadership position as a comprehensive test equipment solutions provider. I am confident that this transaction will be beneficial for both parties and their customers. Also, I would like to thank Guillaume Caroit and Lonnie Spires for their efforts and their professionalism,” Myers said. For more, visit www.ardian-investment. com and www.trescal.com. CHINESE INSPECTION MACHINE MAKER ACCUSED OF FALSE ADVERTISING DONGGUAN, CHINA.According to information released by Navitar, Inc., Chinese metrology machine maker, Dongguan Jiateng Instrument Co., Ltd. Of China, and its owner Peng Xiong]liang, were fined 20,000 RMB by the local Dongguan China Bureau of Administration for Industry & Commerce (AIC) for falsely advertising on its website, advertisements, and brochures that Jaten metrology inspection machines included NavitarR trademarked video microscope lenses as components, when in fact, they did not. According to Navitar, Jiateng.also known as Jaten Precision Instrument.Was ordered by the Dongguan AIC on March 24, 2014, to immediately cease its illegal conduct of unfair competition and false advertising as it violated Paragraph 1, Article 9 of the Antiunfair Competition Law of the Peoplefs Republic of China (PRC). In accordance with Paragraph 1, Article 24 of the Anti]unfair Competition Law of the PRC, the bureau has penalized Jiateng. Navitar, Inc., also announced its attorneys in China, Kangda Law Firm Shanghai Office, have recently enlisted the help of local Province AIC offices to take action against additional local Chinese metrology machine makers that are also engaging in false print and online advertising by stating their metrology machines include Navitar® lenses, when they do not. Navitar contends that these companies did not purchase lens products from Navitar directly or through a Navitar authorized dealer in China or otherwise, and they are not authorized to utilize the Navitar® trademark or Navitar® brand name in any manner. Navitar, Inc.’s President, Julian Goldstein, explains Navitar’s actions in China, saying, “The local AIC investigations are of great significance in the defense of Navitar’s intellectual property rights in China. The action Taken by the AIC offers a further element of protection of local Navitar dealers and OEM customers that compete lawfully in the local markets.Navitar, Inc. has a long history of vigorously protecting its intellectual property rights in China and other countries. Navitar will bear any financial burden and take any steps necessary, at any cost, to protect the integrity of our company and brand name; to safeguard our dealers, distribution channels, and above all, protect our true and loyal customers.” Goldstein added that Navitar, Inc., will continue to identify and take swift legal action against others who falsely advertise their products, attempt to deceive and mislead the public, and compete unfairly against Navitar, Inc. and Navitar, Inc.’s distributors. For more, visit www.navitar.com. TEKTRONIX OPENS CALIBRATION FACILITY IN UTAH BEAVERTON, OR—Tektronix announced the opening of their new service facility in Salt Lake City, UT. The Salt Lake City laboratory adds to the growing footprint of Tektronix service locations across the globe.Tektronix has over 100 points of service worldwide. The Salt Lake City laboratory will offer Tektronix’s superior calibration quality, with multiple NIST traceable certificate options, including ANSI Z-540.1, and ISO/IEC 17025. “The new Salt Lake City service facility, along with our entire global calibration network, is staffed by the most experienced technicians offering the industry’s broadest range of capabilities.Customers can expect high-quality, fast turnaround and unmatched value,” said Bernadette Duffy, general manager for Service at Tektronix. “Our new facility puts Tektronix in an even stronger position to meet customers’ demands for high-quality calibration and enhance our relationships with both local and global clients.” The new facility provides enhanced service delivery options and added flexibility for companies with operations in the Salt Lake City region. As part of the Tektronix network, the Salt Lake City laboratory will provide calibration solutions for over 140,000 instruments from more than 9,000 manufacturers, including expertise in electrical, RF, pressure/ vacuum, physical/dimensional, temperature/ humidity, flow and precision mass, among others. Tektronix’s new facility is located at 799 E. Utah Valley Dr., American Fork, Utah, 84003. For more, visit service-solutions.Tektronix.com. MSSC NOMINATED FOR TALENTED WORKFORCE INITIATIVE ALEXANDRIA, VA—The Manufacturing Skill Standards Council (MSSC) is one of the four national programs nominated for the Great Lakes Manufacturing Council’s Talented Workforce Initiative. The Talented Workforce Initiative was created to identify the most imaginative and effective solutions for building the region’s pool of manufacturing talent. “We are honored to have received a Talented Workforce Initiative nomination. The U.S. has begun to experience a manufacturing resurgence with both U.S. and foreign multinational production facilities returning to our shores—and manufacturing jobs increasing. In order to ensure that this trend continues, we must increase opportunities to prepare individuals with the higher skills needed by industry,” said Leo Reddy, CEO of MSSC.“MSSC Credentials help produce agile knowledge workers-the Industrial Athletes of the Future-with the stronger, cross-cutting foundational skills needed to help companies achieve greater productivity, innovation and global economic competitiveness.” Manufacturing makes the Great Lakes trading area home to the world’s fourth largest economy, with a combined annual output of nearly $6 trillion. The goal of the Council’s farranging outreach is to share the best ideas and approaches for resolving a critical workforce shortage issue that threatens nearly all manufacturers and communities in the bi-national Great Lakes economy The Great Lakes Manufacturing Council nominated thirty programs throughout the bi-national Great Lakes region for recognition as benchmarks for its Talented Workforce Initiative. Nominees include programs in seven states and two Canadian provinces, as well as four U.S. and Canadian national programs. Nominees will be recognized on June 12 in Detroit at The Big M event celebrating the resurgence of manufacturing, and four will be presented with top awards. For more, visit www.msscusa.org. INDUSTRIAL MACHINERY MARKET GROWTH TO DOUBLE IN 2014 EL SEGUNDO, CA—High demand for machines in manufacturing sectors ranging from auto making to packaging will push the industrial machinery market to new heights during the next five years, highlighted by a doubling of growth this year, according to a new report from IHS Technology. As economic conditions continue to improve worldwide, the demand for machines in sectors such as agriculture, packaging, materials handling and machine tools will push revenues To $1.6 trillion this year, up from $1.5 trillion in 2013. This represents annual growth of 6.3%, more than twice the 2. 9% increase seen in 2013. Strong growth is forecast to continue for the next four years, with revenue rising to $2.0 trillion by 2018.During this period, the machinery market’s annual growth rate will remain quite impressive, averaging between 5% and 6%. “The improving economic outlook is a key factor in the strong growth of machinery in the coming years,” said Andrew Robertson, senior analyst for industrial automation at IHS. “The growing populations and the expanding middle classes in developing countries are generating more disposable income. This translates into increased demand across a vast number of sectors.” Sales growth for industrial machines in 2014 is being driven by a number of factors. First, higher demand for cars worldwide is spurring the requirement for more spending on tools and robotics in the automotive business, as well as the rubber and plastics segments.Meanwhile, an increase in the standard of living and growing spending on nutrition will benefit the food and packaging machinery sectors. Furthermore, rising spending on technology products will boost the demand for robotics, semiconductor equipment, mining, and oil and gas machinery. At the same time, increased demand for housing, infrastructure and commercial buildings is benefiting the construction equipment sectors. Moreover, social awareness of green technologies is resulting in higher demand for industrial machines in photovoltaics (PV) and in wind turbines. These findings are contained in the Machinery Production Market Tracker, from the Machinery group at IHS. The right package Packaging is a sector that is slated for high growth in the next few years. The increase in packaging market growth will come from an investment in lighter packaging. Such packaging requires less material, generates less waste, is more energy efficient to produce and has improved aesthetic appeal. Lighter packaging options are also suitable for developing countries where processed products are becoming more attainable for a growing middle class. Furthermore, advances in packaging—such as wrapping food in ready-to-cook enclosures, cartons that are never pierced until opened and new aseptic packaging technology— are promoting demand for industrial machines in this sector. “Whether for convenience, improved shelf life or better taste, new industrial machines are contributing to the continued growth of the packaging market,” Robertson said. China comeback For the past two years, the machinery market in China has experienced considerable overcapacity, specifically in the construction machinery, machine tools and metal working sectors.Machinery production revenue slowed to 1.8% growth in 2012, a huge dip from the 20% growth average from a decade before. As a result, only a few businesses experienced growth, while weak investment in 2013 caused many heavy industries to struggle. IHS forecasts that this will all be changing in the future as production revenue growth rises to between 10.9% and 8.1% each year during the forecast period. Turbulent past The growth of the machinery market represents a welcome change from just two years ago when not every region performed well. The Americas prospered in 2012, boosted by a significant government investment that caused machinery production revenue to grow by 6.5%. In 2013, machinery production growth in the Americas slowed to 2.0%, but still fared better than some of the other regions. In the Asia-Pacific region, however, growth slowed to only 3. 5%. A majority of this slowdown came from China, where production remained nearly flat because of overcapacity. Meanwhile, Europe struggled as a result of the economic problems persisting throughout the region, and machinery production revenue declined by 5.6% in 2012, dragging down the entire global market. Europe increased output last year, but only by 1.1%. For more, visit https://technology.ihs.com/. MTI HELPS ROBOTS INSPIRE INTEREST IN MANUFACTURING MTI Systems, Inc. announced its support to the FIRST Tech Challenge robotics club, “MIGHTY Mechanics” (AGAWAM, MA) – striving to help inspire student interest towards a manufacturing career. “Selecting a career, as we all know, is never an easy process,” remarks Thomas Charkiewicz, president of MTI Systems. “We are pleased to help young people experience real-life manufacturing while helping them afford more hightech opportunities through programs such as FIRST Tech Challenge robotics.” Since 1992, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) has been inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders. FIRST programs range from kindergarten to high school. MIGHTY Mechanics is part of the First Tech challenge (FTC) program designed for students in grades 7-12 where their robot competes using a sports model. Teams, assisted by coaches, mentors, and volunteers, are responsible for developing strategies to design, build, and program their robots to compete in an alliance format with and against other teams. Awards are presented for success from the robots competition, as well as for community outreach, design, and other real-world accomplishments. For instance, MIGHTY Mechanics received the “Think Award” during their first tournament in Lexington, MA - which granted them entry into the state competition. Joining forces to support manufacturing initiatives through FIRST programs continues to grow amongst manufacturers worldwide. These programs have been successfully encouraging career-minded students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and manufacturing. MTI Systems, Inc., is eager and proud to participate with these manufacturing initiatives - especially when the company can see direct results from their contribution. “Our manufacturing customers still see a declining pool of adequately skilled job candidates,” states Charkiewicz. “So when local manufacturers participate and report successful hiring -- we know assuredly our contribution is directed at a great cause.” Encompassing more than just an interest in building the robots, in 2014, these programs provide almost 900 individual scholarship opportunities with a total value of more than $19 million. There are also opportunities for manufacturingbased internships. For instance, UTC (United Technologies Corporation) offers opportunities to work in areas such as Aerospace, Fire Protection, Industrial, Manufacturing / Process / Quality, Material Science, and Mechanical Systems.The NASA Robotics Academy, offers a 10-week resident internship during the summer for students specifically interested in robotics. Additionally, another local manufacturer, G & L Tool Company, not only offers club field trips for students to directly manufacture robot parts on their machining work centers, they have hired participating students upon graduation from high school. “Helping our children learn about manufacturing early in their life,” remarks Dave Smith, production manager of G&L Tool, “is one sure way to help some of them find their way. Fortunately for us, some of them actually became our employees!” For more, e-mail email@example.com or visit ftc839.agawamrobotics.org and www.mtisystems.com. CMS UNVEILS SLATE OF EXPERT TECHNICAL PRESENTATIONS FOR CMSC NORTH CHARLESTON, SC—The Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) announced it has selected a comprehensive slate of 24 technical presentations for the 2014 Coordinate Metrology Systems Conference (CMSC), July 21 - 25, 2014, at the Embassy Suites, North Charleston, SC. The organization celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year, and continues its long tradition of serving the specialized needs of 3D measurement /inspection professionals and scientists worldwide. In addition to original technical presentations, the CMSC serves as a platform for discovering and discussing new and future technologies. During the five-day event, attendees and exhibitors share their experiences, research, concepts and theory in an open, educational atmosphere.A full listing of the CMSC 2014 technical presentations and Conference Registration information can be found at www.CMSC.org. The CMS completed its peer-review of a record number of abstract submissions, and selected 24 technical presentations from industry experts representing leading international companies and organizations such as NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Rolls-Royce, NIST, National Solar Observatory, Espace2001, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, Premium AeroTech, Electroimpact , National Propulsion Laboratory (NPL-UK), Hitachi Power Solutions Co., BMW Manufacturing, Sigma Space, and the National Research Council of Canada. The roster also includes speakers from prestigious educational institutions including the University of California Davis, Escola Politecnica da Universidade de Sao Paulo, Wichita State University, and the School of Mechatronic Engineering and Automation from Shanghai University. The CMSC presentation roster will include wide-ranging topics related to best practices, trends, and the application of 3-D metrology techniques and technology. Subjects range from “Automated Metrology in a Business Jet Final Assembly Line” to “Metrology-enhanced Robotic Milling” to “100% Automated Production Measurement of a Car Body Welding Line with Absolute Reference.” Speakers will cover the use of portable 3-D coordinate measurement systems, laser trackers, photogrammetry, laser radar, 3-D scanners and sensors, inspection software and more. The CMSC 2014 Presentation Agenda can be found online at 2014 CMSC Presenters. For more, visit www.CMSC.org. BUSINESS NEWS NEWPORT ELECTRONICS MERGES INTO OMEGA ENGINEERING SANTA ANA, CA—Newport Electronics, Inc. has merged into Omega Engineering, Inc. Newport has been providing high-precision test, measurement, process control and automation instrumentation for more than four decades. Newport began manufacturing electronic instrumentation in 1965 and quickly earned a reputation for designing and building extremely accurate industrial instrumentation. Newport is now a part of Omega and going forward will do business under the Omega name. Newport will still serve its customers with excellent customer service, technical support and will continue to produce innovative products such as signal conditioners, transmitters and controllers. The Shop online feature of NewportUS.Com has been closed. Online users can now go directly to Omega.com to place online orders.The NewportUS.com website will remain as a resource for manuals, specifications, mechanical information and more. In 2011, Omega Engineering Inc., was acquired by Spectris plc. Founded in 1962, Omega has grown steadily and is now an established global leader in the technical marketplace.The company offers over 100,000 state-of-the-art solutions for measurement of temperature, pressure, flow, level, strain, humidity, pH and conductivity, as well as a comprehensive line of data acquisition, electric heating and custom engineered products. Spectris plc supplies productivity-enhancing instrumentation and controls. The company’s products and technologies help customers to improve product quality and performance, improve core manufacturing processes, reduce downtime and waste, and reduce time to market.Its global customer base spans a diverse range of end user markets. Spectris operates across four business segments, which reflect the applications and industries it serves: Materials Analysis, Test and Measurement, In-line Instrumentation and Industrial Controls. Headquartered in Egham, Surrey, England, the company employs over 6,400 people, with offices in more than 30 countries. For more, visit www.Omega.com. HEXAGON SIGNS AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE ARVUS STOCKHOLM—Hexagon AB has signed an agreement to acquire Arvus, a manufacturer of precision agriculture solutions for closer, more site-specific management of the factors affecting crop production. This means Different parts of a field can be managed separately, where the application of essential nutrients and various other inputs can be fine-tuned through the use of sensors and GPS technologies. Headquartered in Florianópolis, Brazil, Arvus has partners in the most important agricultural borders of Brazil. The company has a portfolio of high-end equipment and software products designed specifically for precision farming and the forestry industry. The solutions are supported through personalized technical assistance by Arvus employees. The acquisition of Arvus is a strategic step in the further development of the Smart Agriculture solution from Hexagon Solutions. Strong in the South American sugarcane, forestry and grain markets, Arvus provides Hexagon the channels to expand its agriculture portfolio and footprint. Arvus’ offerings complement Hexagon’s machine control solutions, providing guidance, real-time fleet management, and fieldto- office data analytics applications as well as various hardware and software solution integration opportunities. The transaction remains subject to customary closing conditions.Closing is expected no later than end of May 2014. The acquisition will have no significant impact on Hexagon’s earnings. For more, visit www.hexagon.com. IMPERX RECEIVES ISO REGISTRATION BOCA RATON, FL—IMPERX Inc. announced it has received registrations for ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 from System and Services Certification, a division of SGS North America, Inc., after completing audits at its headquarters in Boca Raton, FL. Receiving these ISO registrations proves that IMPERX is committed to providing industrial imaging equipment that is reliable, repeatable and of high quality. The Quality and Environmental Management Systems have allowed IMPERX to increase productivity and minimize their carbon foot print all while improving customer satisfaction.IMPERX’s goal of achieving ISO registrations was driven by the growth of the company as well as meeting the requirements of its broad customer base. “The ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 registrations are a validation of our continuous efforts to strive for the best quality in everything we do,” says Petko Dinev, Ph.D., IMPERX president and CEO.“Focusing on the details and doing it right every time are the guiding principles in all aspects of our operation. The best quality of work has to be achieved in every department and by every employee. Providing the highest quality products and services has been our continuous goal since the company founding in 2001.” IMPERX’s ISO registrations apply to the design, manufacture, maintenance, sales and support of digital cameras, frame grabbers and imaging solutions. For more, visit www.imperx.com. AMETEK TO ACQUIRE ZYGO CORPORATION BERWYN, PA and MIDDLEFIELD, CT—AMETEK, Inc. and Zygo Corporation announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement under which AMETEK will acquire all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Zygo at a purchase price of $19.25 per share in cash, which represents a premium of 31% to Zygo’s closing share price on April 10, 2014. The aggregate enterprise value of the transaction is approximately $280 million, taking into account Zygo’s outstanding equity awards and net cash to be acquired in the transaction.The transaction was unanimously approved by the Board of Directors of Zygo. Founded in 1970 and headquartered in Middlefield, CT, Zygo is a leading provider of optical metrology solutions, high precision optics, and optical assemblies for use in a wide range of scientific, industrial, and medical applications. For the calendar year ended December 31, 2013, Zygo had sales of approximately $162 million. “Zygo is an excellent acquisition for AMETEK. We are excited about the opportunity to acquire such a strong brand and technology leader,” comments Frank S. Hermance, AMETEK chairman and chief executive officer. “Zygo’s leading position in non-contact optical metrology nicely complements our strength in contact metrology and enables us to offer our customers a full range of metrology solutions.” “We believe this transaction creates significant value for Zygo stockholders and I am excited for the opportunity this transaction represents for our customers and employees,” said Gary Willis, chief executive officer of Zygo. “We look forward to joining the outstanding team at AMETEK, which shares our focus on delivering exceptional metrology and high end optics solutions to our global customers.” The closing of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including the approval of Zygo’s stockholders and applicable regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to be completed towards the end of the second quarter of calendar 2014. MAK Capital One LLC, a financial investment advisory firm controlled by Michael A. Kaufman, the chairman of the board of Zygo, which beneficially owns approximately 23. 6% of the outstanding shares of Zygo, as well as Mr. Willis, have agreed to vote their shares of Zygo common stock in favor of the merger. For more, visit www.zygo.com. KNOY WINS AGMA AWARD ANN ARBOR, MI—German Machine Tools of America (GMTA, formerly American Wera) announced the winning of the prestigious Next Generation award from the American Gear Manufacturers Association by Vice President Scott Knoy. The award was presented at the association’s recent annual meeting on April 11, 2014, in St. Petersburg, Florida. The Next Generation award, in the words of the AGMA Awards Committee, “honors individuals who, while early in their career, are emerging as contributors, innovators and/or leaders in the gear industry and who serve as role models for others in the next generation of the gear industry.” Knoy has been active in service to the gear industry for 20 years, serving first for 11 years with major machine tool supplier Gleason and now in his ninth year with GMTA, where he oversees the sales, strategic planning, project management and marketing efforts for this major supplier of machinery to the gear, powertrain and other industries. In addition, along with company president Walter Friedrich, he spearheads the ongoing effort at GMTA to educate and nurture the next generation of leaders in the gear industry, an endeavor to which the company has a great commitment. GMTA supports local schools in their tech training and also Eastern Michigan University in its unique “business in a second language” program. According to the AGMA Web site recap of the event, “Scott Knoy grew up in the industry with his father, Jerry Knoy, working at the Gleason Corporation and followed in his father’s footsteps, joining Gleason Cutting Tools. Scott began his career with Gleason as a regional sales manager, where he was the key contact for clients such as TRW, Ford Motor Company, General Motors, Dana Corporation, Parker-Hannifin and General Electric. Following his time at Gleason, Scott joined German Machine Tools of America (then American Wera), where he now serves as GMTA vice president of sales and marketing. He is active with the AGMA Strategic Resources Network and has been attending the Annual Meeting, Gear Expo and other AGMA activities for many years.” For more, visit www.gmtamerica.com. CCAM APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RICHMOND, VA—The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) announced a new president and executive director. Joseph F. Moody, a business and technical leader with expertise in diverse industries, will lead CCAM’s manufacturing research mission and continue to build the center’s membership of commercial, academic and public partners. “Joseph’s leadership will take the CCAM research mission to a new level,” said Armand F. Lauzon, Jr., chairman of the CCAM board of directors. “He brings a new vision for the vital role CCAM will play in breakthrough manufacturing developments.” Moody succeeds Interim President and Executive Director Dr. Michael Beffel who was appointed in 2013. “The CCAM Board and membership thank Dr. Beffel for his interim leadership and accomplishments, even as he worked closely with the Board to identify a permanent leader for the role,” Lauzon said. In a career spanning three decades, Moody held top engineering and senior leadership roles in the automotive, oil and gas, and mining and exploration industries. With an emphasis on technology and product development as well as process innovation, Moody led global research and development teams, strategy and governance activities, and manufacturing facility greenfield developments. He holds a Bachelor of Science with honors in electrical engineering from Kettering University and an MBA with high distinction from the University of Michigan. Moody takes the helm at CCAM as the research facility in Prince George County, VA, develops new production ready surface and manufacturing technologies that will rapidly be transferred to commercial use. CCAM APPOINTS NEW RESEARCH STAFF MEMBERS RICHMOND, VA—The Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing (CCAM) announced the appointment of two scientists to join the applied research center’s staff and direct the development of new industrial technologies undertaken by CCAM member companies. “CCAM is delighted to welcome Arvinth Rathinam, manufacturing process engineer, and Daniel Moodie, digital controls engineer–both distinguished engineers whose commitment to manufacturing innovation and collaboration will further the Center’s role in new commercial developments,” said Bob Fagan, chief technology officer. Rathinam specializes in CAD/CAM programming, tool and fixture design, machining, statistical quality control, experimental design, sensor deployment and data acquisition, process optimization and automation. Prior to joining CCAM he was a Research Assistant at Virginia Tech’s Center for Innovation-Based Manufacturing where he developed a multi-sensor test bed for monitoring tool wear in turning processes. Earlier he was Quality Control Engineer at Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. In India. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in manufacturing engineering from the College of Engineering, Guindy, Anna University, India, and a Master of Science degree in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech. Moodie has extensive experience in robotics, calibration of machine vision and structured light systems, and programming user interfaces for vision tools and machine learning. Prior to joining CCAM he completed a master’s thesis in sensor fused scene reconstruction for mobile robots. His experience includes working as a software programmer at the Virginia Tech Mechatronics Laboratory and serving as Manufacturing Lead on the university’s Robotics and Mechanisms Laboratory Senior Design Project. Earlier he developed 3D scanning hardware and software as Senior Software Engineer at VirtualU. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Virginia Tech and a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering with experience in autonomous vehicles and perception, also from Virginia Tech. For more, visit www.ccam-va.com.
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