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Rockwell grows in safety

Rockwell Automation acquires the Safety and Automation business of CEDES AG, enhancing the company’s machine safety portfolio. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

CEDES’ Safety and Automation business is a leading supplier of safety and measuring light curtains, as well as other safety and non-safety optoelectronics, control units and related accessories for industrial applications.

“As the global leader in the process and machine safety market, Rockwell Automation’s acquisition of CEDES’ Safety and Automation business will enhance a strategic segment within our product portfolio,” said Steve Eisenbrown, senior vice president of Rockwell Automation. “Optoelectronic safety sensors, which include light curtains, are one of the largest product segments of the machine safety market. This acquisition will expand our comprehensive breadth of competitive machine safety solutions for our customers worldwide.”

Beat De Coi, CEDES chairman and founder, said: “For 20 years, we have specialised in developing innovative optical sensor technologies for a wide range of applications including industrial safety and automation markets. Combining these capabilities with Rockwell Automation’s global leadership in industrial automation control and information systems will enable more manufacturers around the world to help protect their workers from machinery and equipment accidents.”

Subject to satisfaction of customary closing conditions, Rockwell Automation expects the transaction to be completed early in the second calendar quarter of 2008.

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