SEPTEMBER 2--IVP (www.ivp.se) and SICK AG (www.sick.com), producer of industrial sensor systems and solutions for factory automation, have had a partnership since 1999, including both R&D and marketing activities. Up to now SICK AG has had a 25% stake of IVP; this is now being increased to 92%.
Within SICK's industrial sensors division, IVP will be the competence center for machine vision. Mats Gökstorp will continue as managing director and has been appointed as manager of the machine vision business unit, with worldwide responsibility for the machine-vision business of the SICK Group. Robert Forchheimer, founder of IVP, will remain as chairman of the board of directors of IVP.
This acquisition comes after yet another successful and profitable business year. As a member of the SICK group, IVP will continue to strengthen its leadership in high-speed 3-D vision and will supply OEM machine building customers and vision integrator's with the high-performing 3-D vision cameras.