OMRON Corporation (TSE: 6645, ADR: OMRNY) announced on September 13, 2006 that it had completed its previously announced acquisition of 100% of the shares of SCIENTIFIC TECHNOLOGIES, INCORPORATED, (‘STI’) for a purchase price of US$94 million. The terms of the transaction were approved by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on August 24, 2006, and at an extraordinary meeting of STI shareholders held on September 12, 2006. STI’s shares were acquired by OMRON MANAGEMENT CENTER OF AMERICA, INCORPORATED, a wholly owned subsidiary of OMRON Corporation, and the newly acquired company has been renamed OMRON SCIENTIFIC TECHNOLOGIES, INCORPORATED (‘OSTI’).
As a result this acquisition, OMRON becomes the NO.1 player in the 110 billion yen (approx. US$940 million) global safety device market*, which is predicted to grow 15% per year backed by a rising trend for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) that stresses not only improved productivity but also workplace safety.
In line with the automation and globalization of production processes, manufacturers have increased their focus on Safety, Quality and the Environment. OMRON, as a primary supplier to industrial workplaces, has responded accordingly. In April of last year, it established a dedicated safety devices division. It enhanced its safety devices lineup of components and networks, and boosted its system solutions capabilities and safety-design consulting services. Now, having completed this latest acquisition, it plans on growing its safety business aggressively, aiming to achieve a three-fold increase in sales from 10 billion yen (US$85 million) in fiscal year 2005 to 30 billion yen (US$255 million) by fiscal year 2008.
STI’s products include a wide range of components for safety light curtains, laser scanners, and other safety devices and services, and the company has developed strengths across multiple sectors including the automotive, semiconductor, electronic devices, food processing, chemicals and cosmetics industries.
“In addition to enhancing our product line-up, we plan to accelerate new product development by integrating STI’s patented optical applications, expertise in device ruggedization, and value-added services with OMRON’s own innovative automation, sensing and control technologies,” said Yoshinori Matsueda, the newly appointed CEO of OSTI.
* Market figures are for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2006.
Headquartered in Kyoto, Japan, OMRON Corporation is a global leader in the field of automation. Established in 1933 and headed by President and CEO Hisao Sakuta, OMRON has more than 28,000 employees in over 35 countries working to provide products and services to customers in a variety of fields including industrial automation, electronic components, social systems (ticket gate machines, ticket vending machines, and traffic control), and healthcare. The company is divided into five regions and head offices are in Japan (Kyoto), Asia Pacific (Singapore), China (Shanghai), Europe (Amsterdam), and the US (Chicago).