Our History

Bringing metrology to manufacturers for over 200 years

The story of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence stretches back over 200 years and incorporates some of the biggest names in measurement and industrial metrology. This rich tapestry of experience, expertise and innovation forms a solid foundation for the development of new measurement technologies, integrated manufacturing solutions and process standards of the future.

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s parent company Hexagon AB is continuously evaluating opportunities to strengthen the product portfolio, global footprint and service capabilities of the business through a combination of acquisition, collaborations with other Hexagon businesses and research and development driven innovation.


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Hexagon AB announced the acquisition of SPRING Technologies, a software provider specialising in integrated solutions for optimising the machining workflow through machine tool simulation, toolpath verification and optimisation, and machine tool management. 

Hexagon AB, a leading global provider of information technology solutions, announces the acquisition of NEXTSENSE, a leading innovator in non-contact profile measurement and surface inspection.

Hexagon AB acquires ProCAM, a Distributor of Vero Software Solutions in Italy.

Hexagon AB acquires sole ownership of Licom Systems GmbH.

Hexagon AB completes the acquisition of FASys Industrie-EDV-Systeme GmbH, a German system integration specialist and provider of software and hardware solutions for production-oriented tasks. FASys has an established working relationship with the Hexagon-owned CAD/CAM specialist Vero Software, and the acquisition enhances Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s solution offering in the production areas of the manufacturing process.

Hexagon, a leading global provider of information technology solutions, announces the acquisition of VIRES, a German-based, leading provider of simulation software solutions that support the development, testing and validation of driver-assisted and fully autonomous driving technology.

Hexagon AB, a leading global provider of information technologies that drive productivity and quality across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications, announces the completion of the previously announced acquisition of MSC Software (“MSC”), a US-based leading provider of computer-aided engineering (CAE) solutions, including simulation software for virtual product and manufacturing process development.

Hexagon AB completes the transfer of assets from the metrology calibration services business of FEINMESS GmbH & Co. KG to Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. 

Hexagon acquires Apodius GmbH, a start-up specialised in measurement solutions for fibre composite components. Based in Germany, Apodius was founded in 2012 and serves original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) as well as suppliers in the automotive, aerospace, electronics and appliances industries with the development, production and integration of measurement solutions for carbon fibre.

Hexagon acquires Forming Technology Inc. (FTI), a provider of innovative manufacturing software solutions designed to reduce the development time and material costs of sheet metal components.

Hexagon acquires AICON 3D Systems, a leading provider of optical and portable non-contact 3D measuring systems for industrial manufacturing. AICON's technology portfolio includes portable coordinate measuring machines for universal applications and specialised optical 3D measuring systems that enable efficient, high-precision monitoring, quality assurance and control in manufacturing production.

HxGN LIVE Hong Kong, the first edition of Hexagon’s international user conference to be held in the Asia Pacific region, takes place with over a thousand Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence customers and partners attending.

Hexagon Metrology rebrands globally as Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence to reflect its growing expertise and solutions for integrated industrial manufacturing. The change also aligns the business more closely with Hexagon’s overall strategy to offer software-centric information technology solutions that improve quality and productivity across entire industry workflows.

Hexagon acquires CAMTECH GmbH & Co KG, master distributor of Vero Software’s Edgecam solutions in Germany. Headquartered in Remscheid, Germany, CAMTECH serves clients in the production engineering field in the key industrial manufacturing markets of Germany and central Europe.

Hexagon acquires Q-DAS. Based in Germany, Q-DAS has offices and partner distribution companies around the world. Already compatible with both Hexagon and third-party solutions, the Q-DAS statistical process control portfolio is widely used in manufacturing sectors where high production volumes and dimensional quality needs require statistical analysis – like the automotive sector where Q-DAS is the de-facto standard.

Hexagon acquires Vero Software. Vero Software is a UK-based CAD/CAM software company with a strong brand and proven customer satisfaction track record. Its software aids the design and manufacturing process with solutions for programming and controlling machine tools, as well as addressing the rising challenge of achieving manufacturing efficiencies with high-quality output.

New River Kinematics, an engineering company that develops and supports high-quality portable metrology software was acquired by Hexagon Metrology. New River Kinematics is best known for SpatialAnalyzer®, which is a premier software solution for portable metrology that is well suited to Hexagon Metrology’s range of portable coordinate measuring machine (CMM) products.

Hexagon Metrology reinforces its position in optical systems through a joint venture with Chinese company Dongguan Seven Ocean Metrology Vision Co., Ltd. Seven Ocean Metrology Vision is a well-established leader in vision measuring technology, having won many awards for its technological innovations. This joint venture helps Hexagon Metrology to further enhance its substantial optical technology offerings.

Hexagon Metrology again takes part in HxGN LIVE as the conference moves to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Hexagon Metrology participates for the first time in HxGN LIVE, Hexagon’s international user conference, in Orlando, Florida.

Hexagon announces the acquisition of Technodigit SARL (Lyon, France), developer of 3DReshaper® software and two German companies – Mahr Multisensor GmbH and MYCRONA GmbH, both manufacturers of 3D multisensor coordinate measuring machines (CMMs).

m&h Inprocess Messtechnik, developer of high-quality touch probe systems, laser tool setters and measuring software, becomes part of Hexagon Metrology.

The German company Messtechnik Wetzlar GmbH (MTWZ), producer of inspection solutions for powertrain and the QUINDOS metrology software becomes part of Hexagon Metrology.

The Hexagon Group acquires CogniTens Ltd.

Hexagon acquires the Swiss company Leica Geosystems AG.

The metrology division of Sheffield Automation LLC, as well as the companies ROMER S.A.

(ROMER France) and ROMER Inc. (ROMER USA) are now part of Hexagon Metrology.

The metrology company CE Johansson becomes part of Hexagon Metrology.

The US companies Brown & Sharpe Inc. and Wilcox Inc. are integrated into Hexagon. Hexagon Metrology is formed as part of the Hexagon Measurement Technologies business area.

Messtechnik Wetzlar GmbH (MTWZ) is founded as an independent entity with 20 employees from the then Leitz Messtechnik to further develop the QUINDOS measuring software.

In Israel, Professor Amnon Shashua founds the company CogniTens Ltd. He also develops the initial in-house technology.

DEA becomes part of the Brown & Sharpe Metrology Group.

The Swedish concern Hexagon AB is founded.

Wilcox Associates, Inc. is founded and the business develops PC-DMIS, which goes on to become the world’s leading dimensional metrology software for coordinate measuring machines (CMMs).

ROMER Inc. is founded to market ROMER France products in North America.

Homer Eaton and Romain Granger found ROMER SARL (ROMER France) and launch the portable measuring arm into the metrology market.

DEA is founded in Italy and in the same year builds ALPHA – the first coordinate measuring machine in the world.

TESA SA was founded in this year. The business had traded for the previous four years as TÉLÉPHONIE SA, a subsidiary of the telecommunications business AUTOFON AG, and tapped into new markets with the MINMETAL® micrometer.

The Sheffield Gage Corporation is born. Initially it traded under the name City Machine and Tool Works – a business that was founded in 1906 by Oscar Polk in Dayton, USA.

The company CE Johansson is founded in Eskilstuna, Sweden. The standards of the Swedish founder Carl Edvard Johansson were regarded as the ‘standard of the standards’.

Ernst Leitz takes over the Optische Institute, which was founded 20 years earlier in Wetzlar, Germany. He renames the company Ernst Leitz.

The company Brown & Sharpe is founded in the USA and develops into one of the best-known and most influential businesses in the machine tool industry.

The company Kern & Co is founded in Aarau, Switzerland. Alongside Wild Heerbrugg, which was formed around 100 years later in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, Kern & Co is one of the forerunners of Leica Geosystems AG.