Hamburg-based port and logistics group HHLA is taking a >80% stake in iSAM AG, whose products have been used, inter alia, to automate the Hansaport mineral bulks terminal.
The remaining 20% stake is controlled by three previous managers of the company. Both sides have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
Angela Titzrath, chairwoman of HHLA’s Executive Board, said: “With the opening of Container Terminal Altenwerder 20 years ago, HHLA already showed what potential automation had. With this new acquisition, HHLA has direct access to technological developments in the automation of industrial processes, which will make it possible to get into new innovative sectors.
“This transaction confirms our intention to consistently implement our strategy focused on growth and innovation, even under the special conditions of the coronavirus pandemic.”
Bernd Mann, shareholder and CEO of iSAM AG, commented: “We have known HHLA for more than 20 years and developed the world’s first automated heavy machinery based on GPS and 3D LiDAR technology alongside companies within the HHLA Group.
“We look forward to deepening this cooperation and developing new markets in the automation of container handling under the HHLA Group umbrella.
“We have been working intensively on this technology for the past few years. Additionally, HHLA offers our company, customers and employees a long-term perspective beyond the founding generation.”
iSAM AG currently employs an interdisciplinary team of 50. The company has subsidiaries in core markets in the USA, Australia (Asia) and Canada. Thanks in particular to its strong position in the Australian market, iSAM was able to grow its revenue and profit by 30% in 2020 despite COVID-19 restrictions.
iSAM has already successfully automated the bulk cargo terminal Hansaport in the Port of Hamburg with the implementation of intelligent control software and high-precision 3D laser scanners. At the moment, iSAM is working for the IHATEC project Container Terminal 4.0 on an automation prototype for rail gantry crane 4 at the Container Terminal Altenwerder and is developing new safety technologies for the workspaces shared by people and machines.
Going forward, chief development officer Bernd Mann will take over as chairman of the Executive Board from founder Dr Jürgen Hellmich, who will continue to lead the US subsidiary.
Bernd Jotzo, previously responsible for finance and HR on the Executive Board, is moving to the Supervisory Board. His tasks will be taken over by Bernd Mann and Christian Hacks, who will continue to lead the Production segment as well.