Hexagon acquires Nextsense

Optical measurement technology specialist celebrates acquisition by global provider of information technologies and accelerates innovation and growth.

Hexagon acquires Nextsense

NEXTSENSE, the Austrian-based specialist for optical measurement solutions today announced its acquisition by Hexagon AB, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across industries. This consolidation will support NEXTSENSE vision to become global leader in mobile optical profile measurement solutions.  NEXTSENSE is looking forward to offer even more powerful sensor systems, software applications and advanced analytics.

As a provider of profile measurement systems and surface inspection solutions for the automotive, train/rail, steel and aerospace industries, NEXTSENSE offers complementary products to the broad-based portfolio of Hexagon AB. Hexagon is a perfect fit for NEXTSENSE due to its leading market position in the industrial metrology domain.

“We are thrilled to join forces with a strong partner with global presence. The acquisition will allow us to accelerate our innovation and growth, while remaining dedicated to our loyal existing customers,” said Clemens Gasser, CEO of NEXTSENSE GmbH. “It will provide opportunities to expand our market share in existing industries and in time address new markets as well.”

“The cutting-edge technology and algorithms from NEXTSENSE provide the necessary analytics to introduce corrective measures sooner. This nicely complements our approach to enabling the smart factory, which is founded on unleashing the full potential of quality data,” said Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén. “Additionally, the acquisition extends our breadth of capabilities into automotive fit and finish – the analysis of how well the parts of a car fit together which impacts perceived quality at the point of purchase - as well as in industries such as rail and steel where we have a relatively small footprint today. Together, the combination of sensors, software, and advanced analytics from both portfolios will bring added value to all customers while extending the global reach of NEXTSENSE solutions to new markets and regions.”


With its unique CALIPRI® principle, NEXTSENSE is a world leader in mobile profile measurement and surface inspection, especially in the fields of gap and flush measurement in the automotive industry, in wear measurement of train & rail and in the measurement of hot metal profiles. Its customers include numerous well-known international automobile manufacturers, all major railway companies and major steel producers, including Daimler, JLR, Audi, BMW, Deutsche Bahn, SNCF, CRC, voestalpine, ArcelorMittal, etc. NEXTSENSE was founded in 2007 as a spin-off of the Austrian research company Joanneum Research. With 85 employees, over 40 sales partners and sales & service centers in Atlanta (US) and Shanghai (CN), the high-tech company is represented all over the world. The company's turnover for 2017 amounted to 12 MEUR with an export quota of 95%.

About Hexagon

Hexagon is a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications. Hexagon’s solutions integrate sensors, software, domain knowledge, and customer workflows into intelligent information ecosystems that deliver actionable information. They are used in a broad range of vital industries. Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) has more than 18,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.5bn EUR. Learn more at and follow us on twitter @HexagonAB.


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