Mannheim, September 2, 2021—Pepperl+Fuchs has strengthened its Mobile Computing and Communication business unit by acquiring Aava Mobile Oy. The Finland-based company is a specialist for the design and manufacturing of latest technology, ruggedized industrial smartphones and tablet computers, and has been sold to Mannheim/Germany-based Pepperl+Fuchs Group.
“We are delighted to bring our strength in designing next generation industrial smartphones and tablet computers into Pepperl+Fuchs Group and we expect numerous synergies out of this new setup,” says Markus Appel, CEO of Aava Mobile Oy.
“Aava's competence in designing enterprise mobile devices complements our ecom brand, the Mobile Computing and Communication business unit, and gives us access to leading-edge design competence,” states Dr. Gunther Kegel, CEO of Pepperl+Fuchs SE.
Founded in 1945, Pepperl+Fuchs today is a “700 Mio. € +” company employing approximately 6.000 people and holding market-leading positions in industrial sensors and explosion protection equipment. Their business unit Mobile Computing and Communication was established in 2017 with the takeover of the German company ecom instruments GmbH. The business unit provides explosion-protected industrial smartphones and tablet computers to the global process industry.
Founded in 2009 by wireless experts in Oulu, Finland, Aava Mobile has become a key player in the global enterprise tablet market, holding a leading position in retail services and mobile POS technology. Aava creates pioneering payment devices and industrial tablets as well as handhelds for and together with a great number of vendors, utilizing its expertise in the mobile, rugged computer designs and latest wireless technologies.