Sweden's ABB buys Spanish quality inspection company NUB3D

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BY : Diego GutiérrezFebruary Fri, 2017
NUB3D, is a Spanish startup that develops measurement systems using 3D scanning by structured white light capable of enabling automated quality control inspection.

Sweden's ABB buys Spanish quality inspection company NUB3D

About NUB3D

Nub3D was founded in 1999 by Fernando Campo, Jorge Rodríguez and Carlos Camí in Catalonia. In 2012, FitalentEveris' venture capital fund, invested 400,000 euros in the company. The Barcelona-based company currently has an annual turnover of just under €1m and more than 15 employees.

Nub3D, which has been acquired for an undisclosed amount by ABB, will be integrated into ABB's robotics and motion division. Nub3D's products are used in automated inspection and quality control systems by steel and aluminium fabricators and processors, sheet metal stampers, mould and die makers during plastic metal forming, and by the automotive, goods and equipment industries, etc. The Barcelona-based company has an annual turnover of just under €1m and employs more than 15 people.

About ABB

ABB is a Swedish company and a world leader in electrical engineering and automation.

ABB's robotics division has an annual turnover of around €70m in Spain, approximately 10% of the Swiss multinational's revenue in our country, which in 2015 consolidated sales of €703m in Spain, with 2,218 employees.

According to Sami Atiya, president of ABB's robotics division, "With this acquisition, we are moving one step closer to the factory of the future. As our customers' automation processes become more advanced and production cycles shorten, the ability to efficiently automate quality inspections becomes a compelling competitive advantage.

ABB has already realised 8 acquisitions since 2008. The latest acquisitions were made in 2013, when it bought the Californian company Los Gatos Research (LGR), which specialises in analytical solutions for gases and liquids based on a method called OA-ICOS among others.
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