STOCKHOLM, Sweden—Sandvik AB has signed an agreement to acquire CGTech, Irvine, Calif., a global developer of software for numerical control (NC/CNC) simulation, verification and optimization. The product offering includes VERICUT, a machining simulation and optimization software which is CAM, machine tool manufacturer and cutting tool neutral and works stand-alone or in conjunction with all major CAM suppliers. The company will be reported in Sandvik Coromant, a division within Sandvik Machining Solutions.
“This is in line with our strategic focus to grow organically and through acquisitions in the digital manufacturing space, with special focus on software solutions close to machining,” said Stefan Widing, president and CEO of Sandvik.
The combined machining expertise of Sandvik Coromant and CGTech will enhance the Group’s capabilities in machining intelligence, strengthen the software offering and facilitate an improved presence in key areas of the customer value chain, according to a company statement.
“It’s exciting to say that we are able to expand our capabilities with CGTech. This will not only strengthen our leading market position in all parts of the world but will as well enable us to take a big step forward in offering full machining solutions to our customers, which will reduce waste significantly in their broader value chain,“ said Nadine Crauwels, president of Sandvik Machining Solutions.
CGTech has about 180 employees. In 2019, CGTech had revenues of about SEK 470 million and an EBIT margin slightly dilutive to Sandvik Manufacturing and Machining Solutions’ margin. Impact on Sandvik’s earnings per share will initially be neutral.
The transaction is expected to close during the last quarter of 2020 and is subject to customary regulatory approvals.