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Wenglor Sensoric Acquires Illumination Experts TPL Vision

The wenglor group recently announced it has expanded its product portfolio in the field of illumination technology. With the takeover of the Scottish-French company TPL Vision, wenglor is once again reinforcing its position in the Machine Vision sector – specifically with innovative LED illumination technologies for industrial image processing. The specialist company, founded in 2005, will be integrated into the wenglor group as a division, but will continue to exist as an independent business unit.

“We are very pleased to be able to significantly strengthen wenglor’s product portfolio in the Machine Vision area through the acquisition of TPL Vision,” says wenglor Managing Director Rafael Baur. “The additional know-how and almost 16 years of experience of TPL in the field of industrial illumination technologies are a real advantage. wenglor and TPL will achieve great things together”

The two central locations of TPL Vision in Perth, Scotland and La Chevrolière, France, where the company moved into a new production facility just this year, will remain in operation. All employees will remain part of the independent wenglor business unit. This also means that existing TPL customers will continue to be supported by their usual contact persons. “wenglor and TPL share not only a young, dynamic and family-oriented corporate culture, but also the passion for innovative technologies,” confirms Daniel Huber, who will be Managing Director of TPL Vision in the future.

Innovative, International and Technologically Advanced

TPL Vision offers a comprehensive product range of different illumination technologies. Due to the bright LEDs, so-called power LEDs, objects and surfaces can be perfectly illuminated in any situation and complex tasks can be solved optimally with vision systems, smart cameras or vision sensors. In addition to backlights, spot, ring, bar or dome lighting are also part of the product range, which includes several thousand products. “The wide variety of different illuminations solutions enables us to offer our customers the right combination of camera system, lighting, analysis module and software as a complete package for all types of applications,” says Christian Vollrath, Head of the Computer Vision business unit at wenglor. “This will allow us to further expand our position as a full-service provider in the Machine Vision sector.”

Growth Through Expansion

The signs continue to point to growth within the wenglor group. The acquisition of illumination specialist TPL Vision marks the fourth successful acquisition by the family-owned company: In 2012/2013, wenglor expanded its portfolio with the acquisitions of AFM Sensorik GmbH and MEL Mikroelektronik GmbH in the fields of flow sensor technology and 2D/3D sensor technology. The acquisition of ShapeDrive GmbH, a specialist in 3D sensors, followed in 2017. The number of employees within the wenglor group grew to almost 1,000 in total over the course of this year. In order to meet this growth, new development and production centers with a total floor space of 12,000 m² will be built both at the company headquarters in Tettnang and in Unterschleißheim, Bavaria, Germany which will be completed over the next year.

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