Big week for robotic mergers and acquisitions
... MakerBot sells out to Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ:SSYS) for $403 million plus another $200 million if it meets certain targets. Stratasys adds a low-priced product to it’s line of 3D printing products. Note that Amazon’s Bezos Expeditions was a funder of MakerBot and that Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) recently set up a section to sell 3D printers and supplies.
... Privately held software company Agile Planet sells to Yaskawa Motoman Robotics, the US subsidiary of Japanese Yaskawa Electric (TYO:6506) for an unknown amount.
... Stanmore Implants agrees to sell it’s robotic business acquired through the acquisition in 2010 of Acrobot, to Mako Surgical (NASDAQ:MAKO) in a settlement whose terms weren’t disclosed. The settlement was to avoid patent-infringement trial costs.
... UPDATE 6-24-2013: AV&R Vision & Robotics and IMAC Automation, both Canadian firms, merged to form AV&R. No financial information was given.