Haydon Linear Motors has bought another US linear motion specialist, Kerk Motion Products, whose portfolio includes non-ball leadscrew assemblies, splines, slides, linear rails, and actuators. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
"The combination of Kerk and Haydon is a marriage of two global industry leaders," says Jeff Fox, chief executive of the Harbour Group, which owns Haydon. "The sales, service, assembly, design and manufacturing capabilities of these two companies will be unmatched in the linear motion control market."
New Hampshire-based Kerk, founded in 1976, specialises in precision motion components, designed for long lives and quiet operation in tight-tolerance applications. It uses proprietary materials and coatings and has a patented anti-backlash technology.
Kerkís co-presidents, Ken and Keith Erickson, believe that Haydon is the ideal partner to help their company grow to its full potential. "The combination of these two premier organisations creates a global leader in the motion control industry," they say. "This is a very positive step for our employees and customers."
Haydon, founded in 1951, produces high-performance fractional horsepower linear actuators, leadscrew assemblies, rotary stepper motors and hermetically sealed switches for niche applications. It has 11 facilities on three continents.
"We will be able to leverage the finest aspects of each company to present an even greater value proposition to our customers," says Haydonís chairman, Bernard Dubois. "By sharing best practices across our product development and manufacturing organisations, we will also enhance our technological leadership."