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ZEISS acquires Steinbichler Optotechnik

June 15. 2015 - ZEISS Industrial Metrology acquired a majority interest in Steinbichler Optotechnik GmbH, a company headquartered in Neubeuern near Rosenheim in southern Germany.

Steinbichler Optotechnik GmbH is a provider of systems for digitization with optical 3D sensors and in surface inspection on car body and sheet metal parts. Established on the market for over 25 years and with a global workforce of more than 200 people, the company has a broad spectrum of competencies in photogrammetry and laser scanning which are featured in products of the COMET and T-Scan series with an extensive installed base. In addition to these mobile systems, the ABIS surface inspection systems and the COMET sensors are also installed with robots as complete solutions. Extensive software products and services round off the offering and offer customers reliability and major benefits over many years.

Steinbichler Optotechnik GmbH is the world's leading supplier of interferometric tire inspection systems. These products of the INTACT series guarantee nondestructive testing and quality control by using shearography and are used worldwide for car/truck/aerospace and F1 tire inspection.

The interaction of the Steinbichler portfolio with the ZEISS software line, such as the ZEISS PiWeb platform and the surface measuring programs, will generate synergies and potential that we will be able to offer through the ZEISS global distribution and service organization for the benefit of our customers in the future.

"This will further strengthen the ZEISS Industrial Metrology business group in the field of optical measuring technology, promote digitization and position it as a solutions provider in the area of quality processes in car body production. In the future, ZEISS will therefore cover the entire process from the CAD data model and digitization right up to car body shell inspection," says Dr. Rainer Ohnheiser, Head of the Industrial Metrology business group. Dr. Marcus Steinbichler, Managing Partner of Steinbichler Optotechnik GmbH, adds: "The competencies and positioning of the two companies are the perfect match. Access to the ZEISS global distribution and service organization will enable us to reach even more customers and address additional, new sectors."

The company's headquarters will remain in Neubeuern, and Dr. Marcus Steinbichler will also head the new company as its Managing Director over the long term.

Steinbichler Optotechnik GmbH is well-known around the world for its years of expertise in high-precision optical measurement and sensor technology as well as for efficient hardware and software solutions designed primarily to cater to the needs of the automotive, aerospace and tire industries. Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Neubeuern, Germany, the international company today has a staff of 200 employees. In addition to a worldwide distributor network, Steinbichler has subsidiaries in the USA, Brazil, China, India, Portugal, France, England and Russia. 

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