Machine Vision Bounces Back WELLINGBOROUGH, UNITED KINGDOM—The worst of the recession is over for machine vision, according to the latest report on the industry published by IMS Research. The report estimated that the world market enjoyed revenues of nearly $2.5 billion in 2008 but this fell by more than 25% in 2009, equating to around $0.5 billion of hardware sales being lost. “Machine vision suffered more from the downturn in industrial production than industrial automation in general,” says John Morse, author of the report. “However, there were signifi cant differences between geographic regions and industries. There were a few companies interviewed for the report that saw growth in 2009; but the ones that suffered the most were suppliers to manufacturing, particularly to the automotive and machine tool sectors.” “It’s not all bad news,” says Morse. “Most of the industry appears to have survived and many suppliers have seen orders pick up in January 2010. Many are optimistic that growth will be sustained; however, it is most likely that recovery will be steady rather than meteoric. The time when revenues return their 2008 levels is very dependent on the industries served. The very earliest is likely to be 2011, with some sectors unlikely to recover before the end of the report’s forecast period in 2013.” IMS Research supplies market research and consultancy services on a wide range of global electronics markets. The company is supported by headquarters in Wellingborough, United Kingdom, and offi ces in Austin, Texas, and Shanghai, China. IMS Research regularly publishes detailed research on industrial automation markets, among others. ALLIED VISION TECHNOLOGIES OPENS SALES OFFICE SINGAPORE—Allied Vision Technologies (AVT, Newburyport, MA) founded a sales subsidiary in Singapore. The new company, Allied Vision Technologies Asia Ltd., is 100% owned by Allied Vision Technologies GmbH and will be in charge of expanding AVT’s business in the Asia-Pacifi c region. This includes the management of existing distributors and setting up local technical support. Boon-Keng Teng was hired in January 2010 as Allied Vision Technologies’ Asia-Pacifi c sales manager based in the Singapore offi ce. Boon-Keng is an experienced professional with an engineering background coupled with sales and business development skills. He has been working in various positions in the microelectronics, consumer electronics and imaging industry in Singapore, India, Japan and Germany. “It is a great challenge to build up a new sales organization in such a dynamic market environment,” Boon-Keng says, “but Allied Vision Technologies is already a respected camera manufacturer in the region, and I know that I can count on the full support of the AVT group.” “The incorporation of AVT Asia is another milestone in Allied Vision Technologies’ growth strategy,” says Frank Grube, president and chief executive offi cer of the company. “The machine vision market in Asia- Pacifi c is huge and will be a major driver of our future growth. Thanks to its partnership with local distributors, Allied Vision Technologies has been very successful for years in that region. However, with our own subsidiary, we want to demonstrate our long-term commitment to the market and improve our service to our partners and customers.” AIA PRESENTS 2010 AWARD PLYMOUTH, MN—Joseph Christenson, director of fi nance at Nonin Medical Inc., was presented with the 2010 Automated Imaging Achievement Award during a ceremony held at the Automated Imaging Association’s (AIA) 18th Annual Business Conference in Orlando, FL. This prestigious award is the machine vision and imaging industry’s top leadership award. Christenson was nominated by AIA members and was selected from a talented pool of candidates by its board of directors. He is being honored for his industry leadership and outstanding contributions to the machine vision and imaging industry for more than two decades. The award was presented by Michael Cyros, AIA’s chairman at the time and president of Allied Vision Technologies Inc. LMI APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA—LMI Technologies Inc., provider of 3-D sensor technology, announced the appointment of Marko Torppala as the new director of manufacturing. Torppala will oversee global manufacturing operations with a focus on quality, on-time delivery and increased process automation. “Marko brings a strong background in manufacturing management for industrial products where customers expect reliability and availability over long periods of operation,” says Terry Arden, chief executive offi cer. With 12 years of relevant management experience for an international provider of wood products equipment, Torppala was involved in sourcing, purchasing, logistics and production engineering. Additionally, Torppala comes to the position with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Helsinki University of Technology, as well as an extensive knowledge of LMI’s products.
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