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Trimble Strengthens its 3D Scanning and Industrial Plant Solutions by Acquiring Callidus Precision Systems Assets


SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) announced today that it has acquired the assets of privately-held Callidus Precision Systems GmbH of Halle, Germany. Callidus is a provider of 3D laser scanning solutions for the industrial market. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Callidus’ products enhance Trimble’s 3D scanning portfolio, with both close- and mid- range scanning technology. The Callidus CP 3200 time-of-flight and the Callidus CPW 8000 pulse-wave scanners are utilized for applications within the power and manufacturing process plant markets as well as in shipbuilding and offshore applications. Spatial data captured by 3D scanners is used throughout the plant lifecycle including design, operation and maintenance. The Callidus portfolio also includes the CT 180 and CT 900 close-range scanners used in dimensional inspection and quality control applications.

“We are very excited to add the Callidus technologies to our expanding 3D scanning portfolio,” said Patricia Boothe, business director of Trimble’s Power, Process and Plant Division. “We are now offering comprehensive solutions with the addition of close- and mid-range scanning technology, which can address the unique needs of our industrial customers within the power and manufacturing process plant markets.”

“The use of 3D scanning technologies is increasingly being utilized in many different markets such as industrial plant management, architecture, shipbuilding and even forensics research,” said Dr. Erik Niebuhr, CEO of Callidus Precision Systems. “Callidus technology enhances Trimble’s 3D scanning and industrial plant solutions and we believe that our combined technologies will provide customers with new ways of increasing their productivity.”

Callidus will be part of Trimble’s Power, Process and Plant Division within the Engineering and Construction segment.

About Callidus Precision Systems

Callidus Precision Systems GmbH (CPS) is a company based in Halle/Saale with a manufacturing operation located in Thuringia, Germany. The company has focused its core competence on the development of 3D laser scanning systems and is among the pioneers driving the evolution of the technology. The head office of CPS, situated in the Technologiepark in Halle/Saale, was founded in 1990 where the company developed scientific and technical software until 1995. Since 1996, CPS has focused on the development of 3D laser scanning systems, which has included the development, production and worldwide distribution of laser scanning systems and associated software.

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About Trimble’s Engineering and Construction Segment

Trimble, a world leader in GPS, construction lasers, robotic total stations and machine control solutions, is creating a broad range of innovative solutions that changes the way construction work is done. The engineering and construction business of Trimble is focusing on the development of technology and solutions in the core areas of surveying, construction and infrastructure. From concept to completion, Trimble’s integrated systems streamline jobs and improve productivity.

About Trimble

Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and governments significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has a worldwide presence with more than 3,800 employees in over 18 countries.

Certain statements made in this press release are forward looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual events and results may differ materially from those described in this news release. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to: whether Trimble can successfully enhance its 3D scanning portfolio through the acquisition and offer compelling, comprehensive solutions that address the needs of industrial customers and result in increased productivity; whether customers will adopt such solutions, especially given the impact of worldwide recessionary conditions on the purchasing decisions of industrial customers within the power and manufacturing process plant industries; and whether the use of 3D scanning technologies will continue to grow in various different markets. Additional risks and uncertainties include: the risks inherent in integrating an acquisition; unanticipated expenditures, charges or assumed liabilities that may result from the acquisition; retaining key personnel; changing economic trends and competitive pressures in the industry; and the impact of the current global financial crisis and recessionary conditions. More information about potential factors which could affect Trimble’s business and financial results is set forth in reports filed with the SEC, including Trimble’s quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its annual report on Form 10-K. All forward looking statements are based on information available to Trimble as of the date hereof, and Trimble assumes no obligation to update such statements.


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