Rockwell to buy S. African integrator

Rockwell Automation, Milwaukee, has agreed to buy Hiprom, a process control and automation systems integrator headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The acquisition accelerates Rockwell Automation's growth in the Sub-Saharan region of Africa and further expands its work in the global mining and mineral processing market, said Hedwig Maes, president of Rockwell Automation's Europe, Middle East, and Africa region, in a Rockwell release.

Hiprom's management and its 100-person workforce will continue under Rockwell's Systems & Solutions business unit, and will gain direct access to Rockwell's products and systems.

The acquisition is expected to close during the first calendar quarter of 2011, subject to the approval of regulatory authorities in South Africa.

Rockwell release

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