Heilbronn, February 19th, 2024 – Siemens AG has acquired Inspekto GmbH, a startup in the field of high-performance visual inspection and part of the portfolio of venture capitalist D11Z. Ventures (formerly Zukunftsfonds Heilbronn). This transaction marks a significant step in the development of Inspekto.
Thomas Villinger, Managing Director of D11Z. Ventures, explains: “Inspekto is a prime example of our strategy of investing in promising digital start-ups. Since our investment in 2017, we have actively supported Inspekto’s growth within Europe. For us, now is the ideal time to exit. We are very pleased about the sale to Siemens.”
Today, Inspekto is regarded as a pioneering company in autonomous image processing. The company offers AI-controlled inspection solutions for industrial processes. Its technology mimics cognitive human vision for quality control. It can be used in a wide range of industries such as mechanical engineering, the automotive sector, electronics, and consumer goods and is capable of inspecting processes such as metal casting, plastic injection moulding, coatings, mechanical assembly, material removal processes, incoming goods inspection, and packaging & labeling in an integrated, centrally controlled, stand-alone or mobile system.
“Our goal is to make automated visual inspection solutions accessible to manufacturers of all sizes and production flexibility,” says Ulrich Eger, CEO of Inspekto GmbH. Due to economic change and the need for dynamic production requirements, the demand from manufacturers for flexible, autonomous quality inspection systems has risen continuously worldwide. “With Siemens AG, Inspekto has now found a strong partner to continue to successfully develop and offer the products, technologies, and services of Inspekto GmbH worldwide,” adds Eger.
Siemens, a client of Inspekto, emphasises that the company’s technology contributes significantly to quality improvement in production. The acquisition by Siemens is the result of a fruitful collaboration and paves the way for the global expansion of Inspekto technology.
“Inspekto’s innovative AI technology and capabilities are another valuable addition to our industrial AI software portfolio. This strengthens our offering in the Siemens Industrial Edge ecosystem for our customers. The main application is the easy-to-use automated visual quality inspection based on image processing,” says Rainer Brehm, CEO of Siemens Factory Automation.
Further information at: https://inspekto.com/de/
About D11Z. Ventures
D11Z.Ventures is a venture capital fund that has been realigned since the beginning of 2024 and invests in start-ups and key technologies with a clear focus on digital business models in the fields of artificial intelligence (AI), deep tech, software services (SaaS), and the Internet of Things (especially asset-light IoT). It emerged from the established Zukunftsfonds Heilbronn (ZFHN), which was founded in 2005 with the aim of promoting industrial change in the Heilbronn region. As an early-stage investor focused on technology,
D11Z. Ventures intends to promote sustainable digital innovations and visionary entrepreneurship both nationally and internationally, thereby accelerating the digital transformation in Europe.
Further information at: www.d11z.com
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