Says Dr Michael Kaschke, president and CEO of Zeiss: “Our growth strategy expressly mentions the targeted acquisition of highly innovative solutions, technologies and companies, which can reach their full potential as part of the Zeiss Group. By acquiring GOM and thereby expanding our solutions portfolio, we are bolstering the leading position of our Industrial Quality & Research segment and will be able to offer even better solutions for our customers. This is entirely in keeping with our corporate strategy, which is focused on our customers' success.”

Dr Jochen Peter, member of the Zeiss executive board and head of the Industrial Quality & Research segment, explains: "With this acquisition, we are pursuing our goal of achieving a leading position in the area of surface measurement and digitisation. Customers and users in both areas will benefit from the strengths of GOM and Zeiss in the areas of software and hardware."

GOM GmbH develops, produces and distributes software, machines and systems for industrial and automated 3D coordinate measuring technology and 3D testing. Founded in 1990, the company is headquartered in Braunschweig, Germany, and has a global workforce of about 600 people. Its customers include international companies from the automotive, aerospace and consumer goods industries as well as research institutions and universities. In fiscal year 2017/18, the company generated approximately €150 million in revenue.

GOM will become part of the Zeiss Industrial Quality & Research segment (revenue in 2017/18: €1.549 billion euos). The transaction is due to be finalised in the first half of 2019.