Hexagon AB Acquires Apodius GmbH

Hexagon has acquired Apodius GmbH, a start-up specialising in measurement solutions for fibre composite components.

Based in Germany, Apodius was founded in 2012 and serves original equipment manufacturers and suppliers in the automotive, aerospace, electronics and appliances industries with the development, production and integration of measurement solutions for carbon fibre.

Carbon composite materials are enablers for lightweight structures in various high-growth fields such as aerospace, automotive and renewable energy. The acquisition furthers Hexagon’s strategy to expand its expertise and portfolio to align with current and future manufacturing trends. Apodius will provide core capabilities to support the implementation of measurement solutions in multi-layered, textile-reinforced structures for extremely light, rigid and robust fibre composite components.

“The requirements for composite fibre inspection go beyond the classical dimensional metrology that Hexagon’s current offering provides,” said Manufacturing Intelligence President Norbert Hanke. “Apodius’ solutions offer a perfect complement to our portfolio in terms of technology and application expertise.”

Apodius CEOs Alexander Leutner and Jonathan Roberz added, “Providing highly accurate positioning data, Hexagon’s solutions fit perfectly to our sensors. Furthermore, joining Hexagon is a great opportunity to bring our technology to composite production lines all over the world.”