Emerson to acquire Aventics for $620.47mn

Emerson to acquire Aventics for $620.47mn
David N Farr, chairman and CEO of Emerson.
Published: 20 May 2018 - 9 p.m.
By: Martin Menachery

Emerson announced that it has agreed on terms to acquire Aventics from Triton for a cash purchase price of $620.47mn.

Aventics is among the global leaders in smart pneumatics technologies that power machine and factory automation applications. Emerson is one of the leaders in fluid automation technologies for process and industrial applications, and Aventics significantly expands Emerson’s reach in this growing $13bn market.

Aventics builds upon and strengthens Emerson’s capabilities and solutions in key discrete and hybrid automation markets. 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 optimise energy usage. These technologies complement Emerson’s extensive innovation and leadership in improving operations through digitalisation, 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 CEO 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 added.

With central offices in Laatzen, Germany, Aventics has approximately 2,100 employees globally with five manufacturing locations and 2017 sales of $425mn.

“Aventics brings technologies, capabilities and expertise that are critical to digitalisation 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 and 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’ finalisation of necessary consultations and other customary closing conditions.

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

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