HMS Industrial Networks AB has signed an agreement to acquire the Belgium-based company eWON SA. With subsidiaries in the USA and Japan, eWON offers cutting edge communication products and services for industrial applications such as for remote access to programmable logic controllers (PLCs), data collection applications and cloud-based connectivity solution. eWON works with major manufacturers of PLC and automation systems globally.
“In the fast growing business of the Industry 4.0 and Industrial IoT market, we see great opportunities to further strengthen our business and our leadership position by gaining access to HMSs well-established development organization and sales channels,” said Serge Bassem, CEO and co-founder of eWON. “We look forward to be joining HMS and combine our unique competences within industrial Internet communication to develop great products and services for our customers.”
“eWONs products are great complements to HMSs product offering,” said Staffan Dahlstrm, CEO of HMS Networks AB. “eWONs strong position primarily in the market for remote access to PLCs, providing a secure data tunnel between a software application and a remote machine, will complement and reinforce HMSs existing remote management offer in the form of Netbiter. eWON is world-leading when it comes to PLC remote access, and joining the two teams and operations will create a strong market position and unique value proposition to our OEM partners and worldwide customer base.”
Serge Bassem, CEO at eWON and Pierre Crokaert, CTO at eWON will continue to lead eWON in their current roles, the two company founders will through the transaction become two of the top ten shareholders in HMS Networks AB.
eWONs strong position on the European and US markets is expected to widen HMSs customer base and to provide a stronger footprint on the market for remote management of PLCs. The acquisition will also strengthen HMSs existing Netbiter position and create complementing sales channels. eWON will become an important Industrial IoT brand for HMS, and will encompass all HMSs solutions for connecting machines across the Internet.