Jenoptik Acquires USA Five Lakes Automation

In May 2017 Jenoptik inaugurated its new 9,300 square meters, 14 million Euro technology campus in Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA. Around 110 Jenoptik employees develop, manufacture and assemble modern metrology and laser machines for the USA automotive industry. The new facility is geared for growth, offering production space to be used for future process automation projects.

Now Jenoptik has further strengthened its USA position further with the announcement of the acquisition of Novi, Michigan company Five Lakes Automation, LLC. The company is specialized in process automation for the automotive industry.

FLA was founded in 2013 and is a full-service turnkey provider of complex automated manufacturing solutions. The company plans and designs automated production lines and integrates them in the customer’s environment including all production systems. The services and products around process engineering and implementation of automated manufacturing solutions include for example design, system layout, simulation, controls hardware and software design, robotic handling systems as well as transfer devices. FLA has specific expertise in the joining of complex metal components, especially welding systems. Customers include leading US car manufacturers and automotive suppliers.

By adding the FLA know-how Jenoptik will develop from being a machine supplier to an integrated specialist for metal and plastic component processing. Jenoptik is specialized in efficient, precise and safe 3D laser processing, FLA will contribute comprehensive experience in the handling of devices and the integration of individual production systems into automated process lines.

“The acquisition allows us to win new know-how around automated production and new customers because not only can we offer stand-alone machines now but complete process solutions from a single source,” stated Stefan Traeger, President & CEO of JENOPTIK AG.

FLA benefits from the worldwide presence and the financial strength of the Jenoptik Group. “We are glad to have found a strong partner in Jenoptik that does not only complement our process know-how and specialization productwise but which will also allow us to open up new markets and industries,” added President of FLA Keith LaPointe, who is also one of the founders of FLA who merge the competencies of Jenoptik’s laser machine business and the process know-how of his company and will be responsible for the Laser Processing business unit of Jenoptik in North America in future.

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