Intelligent Software-Defined Manufacturing – Bright Machines to go Public via Merger

Bright Machines, an industry leader in intelligent, software-defined manufacturing, and, a special purpose acquisition company, have announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement that will result in Bright Machines becoming a publicly listed company. Upon completion of the transaction, which is expected to occur in the second half of 2021, the combined company will operate as Bright Machines, and will be traded under the ticker symbol “BRTM”.

“At Bright Machines, our mission has been clear from the start: to bring software-defined intelligence down to the factory floor and enable our customers to effortlessly modernize their manufacturing operations,” said Amar Hanspal, CEO and Co-Founder of Bright Machines. “Our industrial automation platform, powered by proprietary software and AI-driven solutions, allows even the most traditional manufacturing companies to quickly and easily deploy flexible automation solutions at scale. We believe that our technology represents a big leap in the transformation of manufacturing, as companies adapt to growing consumer demand, intensifying competition and the refactoring of global supply chains to improve resiliency and sustainability.”     

Hanspal further stated, “I am very proud of the solutions we’ve delivered and the positive benefits our customers have realized as a result. Going forward, we plan to substantially accelerate our growth and better service our customers by doubling down on software and expanding our reach through new sales channels and geographies. We believe our fundamentals are strong, we are executing to plan, and we are well-positioned to continue driving value creation and improved manufacturing outcomes.”

Founded in 2018, Bright Machines saw a unique opportunity to bring a software-and-data-first approach to factory operations and production execution. Over the past few years, ongoing supply chain disruptions, compounded by pandemic-induced factory closures and labor shortages, and increasing tensions around global trade and tariffs, have turned global manufacturing on its head. More and more companies are accelerating their efforts to onshore or re-shore production to secure their supply chains and build products closer to their end-users. Bright Machines provides the solutions these customers need to deploy fast, flexible, and intelligent automation at a pace and cost that scales along with their business.

Led by an experienced management team of technology and manufacturing industry veterans, Bright Machines has grown to over 500 employees, including approximately 150 software engineers. The Company possesses a portfolio of 36 patent filings that provide a competitive advantage. They have 25 global, blue-chip customers that span essential industries, including network infrastructure, data centers, automotive, consumer products, medical devices, and industrial equipment.

Mike Doniger, CEO and Chairman of the Board of SCVX, said, “Bright Machines’ innovative, industrial automation technology provides a crucial pathway for manufacturers to upgrade and secure their factories for the realities of the 21st century. Geopolitical tensions and the increasing threat of cyberattacks on manufacturing facilities are making it even more important for companies to minimize their supply chain risks and prepare for a world of distributed manufacturing. The momentum we have seen from Bright Machines in the nascent but critical space of software-defined manufacturing proves the strength of their solution and strategy. They are dramatically improving the speed and economics associated with the adoption of smart production lines and, eventually, fully programmable factories. We are thrilled to be partnering with Bright Machines and look forward to working together to revolutionize how products get made.”

Carl Bass, Chairman of the Board at Bright Machines and former CEO of Autodesk, Inc. said, “It is clear that Bright Machines’ differentiated, software-driven approach to industrial automation has the potential to completely upend traditional manufacturing methods. The company has demonstrated product-market fit and is seeing accelerating customer interest and broad deployment of their solutions. The opportunity in front of the team is simply enormous.”

The transaction is expected to provide up to $435 million in gross cash proceeds. Following the completion of the transaction, Amar Hanspal will continue to lead Bright Machines as CEO. Bright Machines intends to use the funds to accelerate the Company’s growth, which includes expansion into new markets and development of additional value-added software in areas such as production analytics and quality inspection.

Current Bright Machines shareholders, including Eclipse Ventures, Lux Capital, and BMW i Ventures, will roll 100% of their equity into the combined company.

For more information: www.brightmachines.com

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