Renishaw completes acquisition of laser measurement specialist

31 January 2013

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Renishaw completes acquisition of laser measurement specialist Renishaw has taken full ownership of Measurement Devices Ltd (MDL), following the purchase of the remaining 34 per cent shareholding for a cash payment of £4.5 million. The acquisition of the shares concludes an agreement reached in 2010, at which time Renishaw purchased an initial 29 per cent stake in MDL, a UK-based business which designs and manufactures high-speed laser measurement and surveying systems for use in extreme environments.

Steve Ball, the founder of MDL, will be leaving the company, whilst Elaine Ball, MDL’s Managing Director, will report to Renishaw through Will Lee, Director and General Manager of Renishaw’s Laser & Calibration Products Division.

Renishaw’s Assistant Chief Executive, Ben Taylor, who is Chairman of the MDL Board, says: “We see significant opportunities in the fields in which MDL operates and we are working hard to develop new measurement products based on our combined experience, to leverage our global sales and marketing networks, and to integrate our in-house design and manufacturing capabilities.”

Commenting on the company becoming a wholly-owned Renishaw subsidiary, MDL’s Managing Director, Elaine Ball says: “We are now entering an exciting new phase in MDL’s 30-year history, and with the backing of the Renishaw Group we are very confident of continuing to expand in the global market for laser surveying and scanning measurement products.”

Established in 1983, York-based MDL supplies a range of laser-based, time-of-flight measurement systems used in a range of applications worldwide in quarrying, mining, marine positioning, aviation, civil engineering and traffic control. More details are available at

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