Mergers & Acquisitions

Emerson expands fluid automation portfolio with Aventics acquisition

Emerson expands fluid automation portfolio with Aventics acquisition
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Emerson, headquartered in St. Louis, Mo., U.S.A., has agreed to acquire Aventics from Triton for a cash purchase price of EUR 527 million (USD 621 million).

Aventics, with central offices in Laatzen, Germany, is among the global leaders in smart pneumatics technologies that power machine and factory automation applications. Aventics has approximately 2,100 employees globally with five manufacturing locations and 2017 sales of USD 425 million.

Emerson is a leader in fluid automation technologies for process and industrial applications. The Aventics acquisition significantly expands the company’s reach in this growing USD 13 billion market. Aventics builds upon and strengthens Emerson’s capabilities and solutions in key discrete and hybrid automation markets, including food and beverage, packaging, automotive assembly and medical equipment.

Emerson’s expanded offering creates one of the broadest portfolios of fluid control and pneumatic devices that incorporate sensing and monitoring capabilities to improve system uptime and performance, enhance safety and optimize energy usage. These technologies complement Emerson’s extensive innovation and leadership in improving operations through digitalization, pervasive sensing and asset health monitoring.

“We will now offer the industry’s widest range of fluid automation products and solutions with unmatched delivery, reliability and performance, and now with the addition of Aventics’ expertise, Emerson is positioned to be the most capable global company when it comes to fluid automation technologies,” said Emerson Chairman and Chief Executive Officer David N. Farr.

“This acquisition adds another strong, complementary technology portfolio into the Emerson family, creating value for our customers and more opportunities for growth,” Farr said.

“Aventics brings technologies, capabilities and expertise that are critical to digitalization of manufacturing, including predictive maintenance through integrated diagnostics, an important priority for our Automation Solutions business,” said Mike Train, executive president, Emerson Automation Solutions.

“With Aventics, we will gain a valuable footprint in Germany, a key market for automation technology and investment,” Train added. “Aventics also brings opportunities for Emerson to better serve customers in hybrid markets like food & beverage, providing intelligent devices and solutions from processing through packaging.”

The acquisition is expected to close in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 subject to regulatory approvals, Aventics’ finalization of necessary consultations and other customary closing conditions.

Greenhill & Co., LLC served as financial advisor to Emerson and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP served as legal advisor.

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