Eching, Germany, September 21, 2001 - Kontron Embedded Computers AG, a leading supplier of embedded computers today announced that it has acquired 100% of Micro AutomationTechnology (M.A.T.) in an all cash transaction valued at 1.26 million DM (approx $590,000 US).
Belgium-based M.A.T. had fiscal year 2000 revenues of 5 million DM (approx. $2.35 million US) with an EBIT of 8% of revenues. The company was founded in 1988 and specializes in supplying embedded computer solutions for rail vehicles and signaling applications, including advanced "tilt technology" for modern high-speed trains.
"The acquisition represents another step towards diversifying Kontrons market base within the embedded computer industry," stated Hannes Niederhauser, CEO of Kontron. "Our broad product portfolio is well developed for a wide range of markets and applications. The M.A.T. acquisition not only enhances Kontrons offering of complete embedded computer solutions in areas where we have been strong traditionally, but it also serves to position Kontron as a top supplier of embedded computer solutions in transportation, particularly for rail applications".
M.A.T. will be merged into the Belgium subsidiary of PEP Modular Computers GmbH, a Kontron company, forming a new company: Kontron Transportation.
Kontron is the leading global embedded computer technology company. Kontron supplies a diversified customer base of OEMs, system integrators and application providers in the communications, automation, transportation, medical, military, aerospace, test and measurement, and encryption security markets. The company helps its customers to considerably reduce their time-to-market and to gain a competitive advantage with products including high-performance open computer platforms and systems, single-board computers, man-machine interfaces and mobile computers. Kontron employs 900 people worldwide and has manufacturing facilities in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. The company is listed on the German Neuer Markt stock exchange under the symbol "KBC."