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Delta buys Universal Instruments to boost smart manufacturing

05 January, 2022

The Taiwanese automation manufacturer Delta Electronics is buying US-based Universal Instruments Corporation and its worldwide operations for around $88.9m. Universal specialises in precision automation systems for applications requiring high accuracy, high-speed handling, assembly and inspection – especially for the electronics industry. Its Advanced Process Lab (APL) platform assists users at every phase of a product’s lifecycle – prototyping, process development, analytics and advanced assembly.

Delta expects the transaction to generate substantial synergies by leveraging both companies’ r&d and global customer bases, and to strengthen Delta’s smart manufacturing capabilities for the electronics sector. Universal Instruments will continue to operate under its existing management team.

Universal was founded more than a century ago in Vestal, New York State, originally manufacturing safety pins. In the second half of the 20th century, the company moved into PCB and surface-mount technologies, as well as packaging, automation, hot-bar bonding and die-handling systems. It has a portfolio of more than 500 patents and has supplied almost 30,000 systems worldwide.

“Universal Instruments has built a remarkable track record and long-lasting customer relationships in the electronics manufacturing field, which is a key focus of Delta’s industrial automation business,” says Delta’s CEO, Ping Cheng. “Furthermore, by adding Universal’s precision automation machine offering and leading technologies to our highly diversified industrial automation portfolio, we can offer customers total solutions capable of enhancing the productivity and carbon footprint of their production lines.

“Universal Instruments’ rich experiences in standard automation machines will also enhance Delta’s product development processes,” he adds.

Universal Instruments has an expertise in electronics assembly technologies

“Delta has been a long-term customer partner of Universal Instruments, and we are privileged to now be part of the Delta family,” says Universal’s CEO, Jean-Luc Pelissier. “Delta’s global scale, strong presence in Asia, smart manufacturing prowess, and deep understanding of electronics automation needs, supports our technology development and growth strategy. This unique combination will expand our scalability, improve our global reach, and also complement our supply chain and manufacturing footprint, thereby greatly benefiting all our customers.”

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