Emerson accelerates factory automation capabilities with agreement to acquire Afag

Aug. 23, 2023
Acquisition expands Emerson’s factory automation served market by $9 billion and enhances exposure to key growth markets.
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ST. LOUIS (August 17, 2023; Emerson release) — Emerson has announced a definitive agreement to acquire Afag Holding AG (“Afag”), an innovative leader in electric linear motion, feeding and handling automation solutions. 

Headquartered in Zell, Switzerland, Afag brings state-of-the-art technology and innovation to Emerson. The transaction will enhance Emerson’s capabilities in factory automation, one of the Company’s four priority adjacencies, and create a leading motion portfolio combining Afag’s electric linear motion solutions with Emerson’s pneumatic motion technology. Afag serves customers in attractive, growing end segments including battery manufacturing, automotive, packaging, medical, life sciences and electronics. The electric linear motion segment expands Emerson’s served market by more than $9 billion and is expected to grow mid-single digits annually, supporting Emerson’s long-term, profitable organic growth. 

“Afag brings exciting technology that will enable Emerson to accelerate growth in our existing $900 million factory automation business,” said Ram Krishnan, chief operating officer of Emerson. “As discrete and hybrid customers continue to accelerate electrification across their manufacturing processes, Afag’s technology is ideally suited to provide improved energy efficiency and performance gains. We look forward to combining Afag’s motion capabilities with our existing pneumatic leadership, creating a unique and differentiated solution for our customers. Afag and its employees will play an important role in enhancing Emerson’s strength and innovation in factory automation.”

“We are excited to join Emerson and build on its existing factory automation leadership, while further expanding our global reach,” said Adrian Fuchser, chief executive officer of Afag. “Our customers rely on Afag for essential, customized systems and we are energized by this opportunity to create a more comprehensive and holistic solution for their motion needs. We share Emerson’s vision of providing complete solutions in essential industries and we look forward to driving continued success as part of Emerson.” 

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