Hexagon AB announced the acquisition of Apodius GmbH, a start-up specializing in measurement solutions for fiber 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 fiber.
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 fiber composite components.
"The requirements for composite fiber 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."