Drives and Controls Magazine
Rockwell buys Italy’s Asem and US-based Kalypso
Published:  20 February, 2020

Rockwell Automation is buying Asem, the Italian manufacturer of industrial PCs, HMIs and industrial software, for an undisclosed sum. The transaction includes the purchase of a minority (25%) interest in Asem held by the German KEB Group. Rockwell plans to maintain Asem’s strategic supplier and technology partner relationship with KEB after the deal closes.

Rockwell is also buying the privately-owned US-based software delivery and consulting firm, Kalypso, which specialises in the digital transformation of industrial companies. Financial details of the transaction have not been released.

Asem’s technologies, which includes remote access systems and secure industrial IoT gateways, can be used to integrate smart devices, control platforms, and design and operational software, on a single network.

“Asem’s strength in the IPC market and expertise in HMIs will further expand our Control & Visualisation hardware and software portfolio and enhance our ability to deliver high-performance, integrated automation solutions,” says Fran Wlodarczyk, Rockwell’s senior vice-president for Architecture and Software. “Asem’s products will provide our customers with a high degree of configurability for their industrial computing needs through innovative hardware and software that allows them to achieve faster time-to-market, lower their cost-of-ownership, improve asset utilisation, and better manage enterprise risk.”

“Asem has a leading market position in Italy and has a brand that is synonymous with quality,” adds the company’s founder, president and CEO, Renzo Guerra. “We are delighted to have the opportunity to leverage our pioneering expertise in the design and production of industrial PCs and industrial software to broaden Rockwell Automation’s Control & Visualization offering and accelerate the digital transformation of our customers.”

Asem, founded in 1979, has its headquarters in Artegna, Italy. It designs, engineers and manufactures its products in-house. The company employs around 200 people, 30% of whom are dedicated to R&D. Asem also has operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, and has customers in more than 30 countries.

Rockwell’s second acquisition, Kalypso, offers a suite of consulting, digital innovation, enterprise technology and business process management services aimed at transforming product design and development, production management and client service models.

Asem designs and builds industrial PCs, HMIs and other automation products in Italy

Kalypso has a strong client base in life sciences, consumer products and industrial high-tech. Rockwell plans to use Kalypso’s capabilities and experience to enhance its ability to deploy technology and deliver more value to customers.

“Kalypso’s deep roster of experienced consultants and technologists, expertise across the digital value chain and established customer base in key growth sectors will enable us to further accelerate our customers’ Connected Enterprise journey and support Rockwell Automation’s strategic objective of continued double-digit growth in Information Solutions and Connected Services,” says Frank Kulaszewicz, senior vice-president in Rockwell’s Control Products & Solutions business.

“We are excited to be joining Rockwell Automation to broaden its enterprise software consulting and information architecture offerings and enhance our ability to help our clients harness the power of digital innovation to discover, create, make and sell better products,” adds Kalypso CEO, George Young.

Both transactions are expected to close in the spring of 2020, subject to customary approvals and conditions.