Hexagon’s 2014 ended strong; PP&M, up 14%

Hexagon’s 2014 ended strong; PP&M, up 14%

Yesterday we had solid growth from DS, a company still deriving most of its revenue from discrete manufacturing industries. How did the AEC/infrastructure/metrology world fare in Q4? Hexagon says it went well, as organic revenue was up 18% as reported and up 9% on an...
Hexagon reports Q3 revenue up 12% including Vero

Hexagon reports Q3 revenue up 12% including Vero

About to dash to the day’s sessions at the Siemens CAE and Test Symposium, but thought you needed to know: Hexagon reports that net sales were up 12% to €648.6 million; excluding acquisitions (such as Vero) and currency, total revenue was up 8%. We’ll...
Trimble acquisition boosts public safety offering

Trimble acquisition boosts public safety offering

The AEC world continues to expand and contract at the same time, as the big providers branch out into new areas by acquiring smaller companies. Trimble is a perfect example, making more than 100 acquisitions since 2000 (spending over $3.2 billion in the process)....
Morning coffee: patents, deals and Björk

Morning coffee: patents, deals and Björk

Welcome to a shiny new week! I’ll be at PTC Live Global, the first user conference that will feature PTC’s combo of CAD + PLM + ALM + SLM+ IoT + well, whatever other initials come out of it. Last year, we all learned about “servitization”,...
Mining heats up: Trimble acquires MIS

Mining heats up: Trimble acquires MIS

As you know, I was at Hexagon’s user conference, HxGN LIVE, last week, where mining was featured as an emerging market for Hexagon’s offerings. Hexagon’s team told investors that mining is an underserved industry, technologically, and that even in...
Is Hexagon’s strategy starting to pay off?

Is Hexagon’s strategy starting to pay off?

Hexagon has been on a quite a buying spree lately, adding point solutions for precision agriculture (Arvus) and mine modeling (Mintec), traffic safety (SAFEmine, initially targeted at mines) and multicopters (Aibotix), as well as precise positioning for all sorts of...
Morning coffee: manufacturing, earnings, ice and … tuna?

Morning coffee: manufacturing, earnings, ice and … tuna?

Wow, what a week! Let’s see: earnings, COFES, earnings, meetings, briefings … There’s lots more coming from me over the next few weeks about COFES and earnings but here are some highlights and news we all need to catch up on. It’s the Economy … Big...
Hexagon snaps up Mintec to close mining loop

Hexagon snaps up Mintec to close mining loop

Ever since Dassault Systèmes bought Gemcom, mining has been a hot area of focus for the major engineering software providers. It’s an underserved market that presents a lot of opportunity for more modernized, technological solutions. Mining is under significant...