Brüel & Kjær Sound & Vibration and HBM to merge

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Spectris, the productivity-enhancing instrumentation and controls company, has announced that Brüel & Kjær Sound & Vibration (BKSV) and HBM will merge their activities from January 1, 2019. Both BKSV and HBM are operating companies within the test and measurement segment of Spectris. The new company will be named HBK (Hottinger, Brüel & Kjær).

BKSV and HBM will now aim to leverage their respective strengths, to create a business with the capabilities, breadth and scale to deliver differentiated customer value in the domains of propulsion; durability; safety; and noise, vibration and harshness.

The new management line-up has been selected, drawing on the strengths and expertise from both BKSV and HBM, and the team will be in place from July 1, 2018. Merger preparation activities will be undertaken from now through to the end of 2018, and during this phase, the companies will operate in existing structures.

Eoghan O’Lionaird, business group director responsible for test and measurement, said, “Brüel & Kjær and HBM are both premium hardware providers in measurement with a strong focus on software. By combining their activities, the two companies can deliver an integrated offering, combining sensors, data acquisition, preparation, evaluation and engineering services into one solution for its customers.

“This aligns closely with the Spectris strategy of focusing on the provision of complete solutions combining hardware, software and related services, and will enable us to provide a broader service offering and increased value to BKSV and HBM customers.”

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