Latest Acquisitions and Partnerships Hope to Expand Supply Chain Capabilities in Industrial Sectors

November 05, 2021 by Alessandro Mascellino

Several industrial automation companies, including Rockwell and iBASEt, recently unveiled new partnerships and acquisitions to drive innovation in industrial automation.

iBASEt has entered a new partnership with ATS Global, and Infor has acquired Lighthouse Systems. Also, Rockwell Automation has purchased AVATA to expand its supply chain services.

Learn about the potential impact they might have on the global industrial automation industry.


iBASEt Partners with ATS Global on Smart Digital Transformation

iBASEt is a company that specializes in the simplification of product construction and maintenance. Its partnership with ATS Global will now leverage its large network to offer, implement, and support iBASEt from a logistical standpoint.

“Partnering with iBASEt allows us to expand our solution offering with the best-in-class smart manufacturing solution for complex discrete manufacturing,” commented Martine Melis, CCO at ATS Global. 

“This collaboration will unlock greater value for our customers, expanding their digital initiatives on a global scale.”


An engineer using iBASEt technology on a turbine. Image used courtesy of iBASEt


On the logistical side, the move will also enable companies to renew their smart digital transformation efforts by streamlining operations and intelligently automating processes.

“We are excited to partner with ATS Global to expand our market presence with an industry leader that understands the requirements to successfully implement manufacturing operations solutions,“ said iBASEt CMO Tom Hennessey.

These two companies are not the only ones combining their technology to expand manufacturing capabilities.


Infor Improves Smart Manufacturing via Lighthouse Systems Acquisition

Industry cloud company Infor recently announced the acquisition of manufacturing execution system (MES) software provider Lighthouse Systems. After completing the transaction, Lighthouse Systems’ Shopfloor-Online software will be integrated within Infor’s CloudSuite ERP (enterprise resource planning) systems.

The solution aims to enable smart manufacturing by utilizing the management of all operations via a central software system that can be deployed both in the cloud or on-premises.


The Lighthouse Systems logo. Image used courtesy of Lighthouse Systems


“MES solutions are critical for manufacturing organizations that want to ensure data consistency and real-time visibility across all plant operations,” explained Infor CEO Kevin Samuelson. 

The integration of Shopfloor-Online will enable Infor to provide manufacturers with a fully integrated solution supporting both MES and ERP.

“Integrating these capabilities with our industry-specific ERP systems will help us deliver even more powerful solutions to manufacturing organizations, as they look to digitize their operations and grow their businesses.”

Infor’s acquisition of Lighthouse Systems was completed on October 27, 2021. Financial details have not been disclosed at the time of writing. Rockwell Automation is another company that recently completed an acquisition. 


Rockwell Automation Acquires AVATA to Expand Supply Chain Services

AVATA is a services provider of enterprise resource planning, supply chain management, and enterprise performance management solutions. The company specializes in domain expertise for enterprise applications and is a leading consultant and systems integrator for Oracle cloud software applications.

Following the acquisition, AVATA will be integrated into Kalypso, Rockwell’s industrial digital transformation services business, to increase the value of information technology/operational technology (IT/OT) convergence that Rockwell can deliver.


A Rockwell Automation packaging plant in Italy. Image used courtesy of Rockwell


“The addition of AVATA will strengthen our digital thread capabilities across the value chain,” explained George Young, Global Managing Director of Kalypso. 

According to the executive, Kalypso collaborates with manufacturers across different industries to fundamentally change the way companies discover, create, make, and sell products. 

“This acquisition will only amplify the great results we are already delivering for our clients,” Young concluded.

The transaction marks the third acquisition for Rockwell this year, after Fiix Inc’s one in January, and Plex Systems in August. What do you think about these partnerships and acquisitions? Let us know in the comments below.