from the January 2014 issue

Emerson buys APM Automation Solutions

This is giant US company Emerson's first acquisition in Israel, and it plans to set up a devement center here.

Israeli start-up APM Automation Solutions, founded in 2006 by Ofir Perl and Yossi Zlotnick, has been acquired by giant US company Emerson. $10 million have been invested in APM to date. The acquisition is at a valuation of tens of millions of dollars, giving a high return for the company's backers, who are private investors, among them Igal Ahouvi.

APM, based in Ranat Hahayal, has developed solids volume and level measurement instrumentation, which will become part of the Emerson Process Management business. APM's acoustic imaging and 3D mapping technologies measure the level, volume and mass of bulk solids and powders stored inside a silo or open bin. Emerson Process Management will expand its capabilities in solids measurement applications by adding these APM Automation Solutions technologies to its Rosemount portfolio of measurement technologies.

"The APM acquisition is an exciting step as we move further into the solids measurement market," said Tom Moser, group vice president of Emerson Process Management's measurement and analytical businesses. "Our customers want to be able to go to a single source for liquids, gases and solids measurement instrumentation now we can better deliver on that request. The addition of APM's leading technology will enable Emerson to provide customers with a broad range of solids volume measurement options, from small bins up to very large bins.

Reprinted from the Israel High-Tech & Investment Report January 2014

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