Rockwell Automation acquires leading Industrial Automation Repairs and Service Provider

Rockwell Automation, Inc. announced that it has purchased Lektronix, a leading independent industrial automation repairs and service provider in Europe and Asia, headquartered in Cannock, U.K.

Lektronix provides automation repairs, spares and other maintenance services for most industrial automation products, including programmable logic controllers (PLC), electric motor drives, industrial computers, and computerized numerical control (CNC) equipment. Customers include a broad range of manufacturers from food and beverage to heavy process industries. Lektronix's management team will join the Rockwell Automation Control Products & Solutions operating segment.

Hedwig Maes, president of Rockwell Automation's Europe, Middle East and Africa region, said the acquisition accelerates the growth of the Rockwell Automation service business in Europe and further expands its customer presence in emerging economies. It also significantly reinforces the company’s position and better places it to take advantage of the growth opportunities in its areas of business, said Maes.

Commenting separately, Tony Jones, Lektronix managing director and CEO, said Lektronix customers will continue to receive the high level of technical excellence and customer support they currently enjoy, and gain significant advantages using the global network of Rockwell Automation products, services and solutions.

Blake Moret, senior vice president, Control Products & Solutions, Rockwell Automation noted that the company understands that its customers have a large and diverse installed base of industrial automation products and they need their maintenance partner to be able to service a wide portfolio of products to maximize plant productivity.

Adding Lektronix's broad-based repair capabilities to the Rockwell Automation plant services business creates an appealing value proposition for Lektronix’s customers to enter into maintenance and technical service contracts with Rockwell Automation, he said.

Lektronix has approximately 290 employees across 11 facilities and 8 repair centers in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

Rockwell Automation, Inc. is the world's largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs over 19,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.

From a standing start back in 2002, the Lektronix Group of companies has grown into the world's leading provider of industrial automation solutions. The Lektronix Group currently employs over 250 people across 12 sites throughout UK, Europe and the Middle East. The investment is expected to bolster the company’s position and further support its continued growth.

1st June 2011