Leica Geosystems Increases Visibility and Product Offerings for Machine Automation by Acquisitions

(Norcross, Ga., 22 January 2007) Leica Geosystems through the acquisition of Svensk Byggnads Geodesi AB (SBG), Mikrofyn AS, Scanlaser AB and Scanlaser AS, has increased its visibility and product offerings in machine automation.

Hexagon and Leica Geosystems’ most recent acquisition, the Swedish company SBG, designs, manufactures and supplies software and hardware for surveying and machine control applications.

SBG’s primary products are machine control solutions, field surveying software as well as office tools for surveyors. In recent years, SBG has shown an annual growth of approximately 30 percent, and in 2006, SBG had a turnover of 40 million Swedish krona. Founded in 1970, SBG is based in Stockholm, Sweden and employs 30 people.

In September 2006, Hexagon and Leica Geosystems acquired Mikrofyn AS in Denmark. The company is one of Europe’s leading suppliers of machine automation and laser leveling and alignment equipment for the building construction and civil engineering industries. Mikrofyn’s product range consists of a portfolio of automatic and manual machine control systems for excavators, graders, dozers and paving machines, as well as a broad line of laser rotators, laser receivers and pipe lasers.

Mikrofyn is based in Odense, Denmark, and currently has 70 employees. In the past several years, the company has shown annual growth rates of 30 percent.

In May 2006, Hexagon and Leica Geosystems announced the acquisition of Scanlaser AB in Sweden and Scanlaser AS in Norway. Scanlaser is the leading system integrator for machine automation solutions in Scandinavia and Poland. The companies provide sales, assembly and support services for machine automation systems for construction machines as well as a wide range of stand-alone laser products for the building and construction industry. Scanlaser was already a long-time distribution partner for Leica Geosystems’ GPS products, which the company integrated into their high-end 3D machine automation solutions.

Scanlaser AB and Scanlaser AS have a combined turnover of approximately 120 million Swedish krona and over the last few years have shown an average growth of about 35 percent per annum.

Leica Geosystems – when it has to be right
With close to 200 years of pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems products and services are trusted by professionals worldwide to help them capture, analyze, and present spatial information. Leica Geosystems is best known for its broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily, and visualize and present spatial information.

Those who use Leica products every day trust them for their dependability, the value they deliver, and the superior customer support. Based in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, Leica Geosystems is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 2,400 employees in 22 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world. Leica Geosystems is part of the Hexagon Group, Sweden.