Alltec, expert in laser marking, acquires FOBA, specialist in laser marking and engraving

Alltec GmbH, a German manufacturer of laser systems for marking and coding, has acquired the Ludenscheid based FOBA Technology Services GmbH, expert in precision lasers for marking and engraving. The Federal Cartel Office has agreed to the acquisition. The now legally recognized merger of both companies brings together more than 65 years of combined experience, focusing on laser marking and engraving.

For 25 years, Alltec has been an international market and technology leader in the development and manufacture of laser marking solutions. Since 2004, Alltec's Laser Business Unit (LBU) has been the technology center for laser marking within the publicly traded Danaher Corporation's (Washington DC, USA) Product Identification Platform. FOBA Technology + Services GmbH will become part of the Alltec Laser Business Unit.

The acquisition of the laser marking and engraving specialist FOBA that was founded 40 years ago leads to major synergies for both sides and makes sense in many respects:

--Extended Product Range: FOBA products perfectly add to the existing portfolio, so that immediately one of the widest product lines for the identification with lasers is available in the market: From systems ready to integrate into production lines through to workstations for standalone operation and engraving machines such as for the tool and mold making and medical technology industries.

--Global Presence: In the future, sales and service are further pooled and broadened within the global sales and service network of Danaher PID. As a major result, the closeness to customers improves. Both the support and consultation of all FOBA customers will be guaranteed any time especially within the Laser Business Unit family of Alltec.

"To further our growth especially in the part and component marking sectors, we could get FOBA on board, a vigorous and experienced partner that both has access to these markets and brings along the relevant products," states Hermann Klein, managing director of Alltec. According to Kevin Quinlan, vice president sales for FOBA, "The company now more than ever satisfies the demands and needs of worldwide customers especially in the fields of automobile manufacture; electronics, electrical engineering and semiconductor production as well as machine building and tool and mold making."

According to Theo Ostendorf, managing director for FOBA, the consolidation with Alltec is part of "a positive development. Within Danaher's Product Identification Platform, FOBA becomes part of one of the major suppliers for industrial product identification systems. Thus FOBA is able to confirm and expand its good reputation as expert for high quality laser marking and engraving products and services."

Finally, the acquisition of FOBA Technology + Services GmbH by ALLTEC is the consistent continuation of Danaher's corporate policy to expand and strengthen the Alltec Laser Business Unit's position as one of the world's leading companies in the field of marking, coding, and engraving with lasers.

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