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Brüel & Kjær Sound & Vibration and HBM to merge

(18 April 2018 - Spectris) Spectris has announced that Brüel & Kjær Sound & Vibration (BKSV) and HBM will be merging their activities from 1 January 2019. Both BKSV and HBM are operating companies within the Test and Measurement segment of Spectris. The new company will be named HBK (Hottinger, Brüel & Kjær).

BKSV and HBM are global market leaders in their respective disciplines and have complementary expertise across the measurement chain. By leveraging their respective strengths, we aim to create a business with the capabilities, breadth and scale to deliver differentiated customer value, for example, in the domains of propulsion, durability, safety, and noise, vibration and harshness.

A new management team has been selected, drawing on the strengths and expertise from both BKSV and HBM, and they will be in place from 1 July 2018. Merger preparation activities will be undertaken from now through to the end of 2018, and during this phase, the companies will operate in existing structures. HBK will be operational under the new structure from 1 January 2019.

Eoghan O’Lionaird, Business Group Director responsible for the Test and Measurement segment, says: “Brüel & Kjær and HBM are both premium hardware providers in measurement with a strong focus on software. By combining their activities, the two companies can deliver an integrated offering, combining sensors, data acquisition, preparation, evaluation and engineering services into one solution for its customers. This aligns closely with the Spectris strategy of focusing on the provision of complete solutions combining hardware, software and related services, and will enable us to provide a broader service offering and increased value to BKSV and HBM customers.”

About Brüel & Kjær

Brüel & Kjær helps solve sound and vibration challenges and develops advanced technology for measuring and managing sound and vibration. As a specialist in this domain, the company helps customers ensure component quality, enhance product performance and monitor operational compliance.

For more than 75 years, Brüel & Kjær’s research and development people have excelled and many have become recognized global experts, who aid the scientific community and teach at renowned centres.

The application of experience and technology promotes quality and efficiency at every stage of a product’s life cycle: design, development, manufacture, deployment and operation.

Through mastering sound and vibration, Brüel & Kjær helps to accelerate business growth and improves environmental quality.

Brüel & Kjær is a subsidiary of UK-based Spectris plc which has annual sales of £1,5bn and employs around 9800 people worldwide across its four business segments.

About HBM Test and Measurement

Founded in Germany in 1950, Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik GmbH (HBM Test and Measurement) is today the technology and market leader in the field of test and measurement. HBM's product range comprises solutions for the entire measurement chain, from virtual to physical testing. The company has production facilities in Germany, USA, China, and Portugal and is represented in over 80 countries worldwide.