JOT Automation to join the Chinese Lead Group

— 20 April 2016

Press Release, Aril 20, 2016

A share purchase agreement has been signed for the sale and purchase of JOT Automation, a company specializing in production automation and test solutions for the electronics industry, between the main owner of JOT and the Chinese stock exchange-listed company Wuxi Lead Intelligent Equipment CO., LTD.

The main owner of JOT, Oulu-based family company Head Invest Ltd, has signed the share purchase agreement for the entire stock of JOT automation Ltd to the Chinese stock exchange-listed company Wuxi Lead Intelligent Equipment Co., LTD. The transaction is intended to finalize during 2016. This transaction will strengthen both JOT's and Wuxi's position on international markets.

- JOT has always been a pioneer in its industry and gone through many changes in the forefront. Now, the time has come for another change. Joining the Wuxi Lead Group means that JOT's story, relying on a history of nearly 30 years, can continue and grow in Finland and in Oulu, says Veikko Lesonen, founder of JOT, entrepreneur and Chairman of Head Invest Ltd's Board.

- I am convinced that Wuxi Lead is a good buyer, and it shares our principles: quality, customers and growth. I believe that this transaction is a major success factor for the company, as well as for the entire Oulu region, Lesonen continues.

Wuxi Lead's CEO and Chairman of the Board Yanqing Wang emphasizes that this is a long-term strategic investment.

- I'm very impressed by JOT's successful history, technological knowhow and especially the personnel. The Oulu region with its innovativeness and vitality have also made an impression on me and I'm looking forward to the opportunity to cooperate in the area, says Wang.

- This transaction represents a significant leap in JOT's globalization and helps the company to strengthen its position as a leading global supplier of automation solutions. Our aim is to make JOT the world's leading operator in its field, Wang states.

Wuxi Lead's main markets are in America, Germany and Japan. In addition, the company has customers in more than 20 other countries.

- JOT is going strong; our net sales increased by over 30% last year, and we are expecting similar growth figures for this year, says Pekka Rantala, Chairman of JOT Automation Ltd's Board.

- We have competent management, very skilled and committed employees, and high-quality products and solutions. The strengths of JOT and Wuxi Lead complement each other efficiently. By combining them, we can offer our customers the best of European–Oulu-based design and engineering expertise and Chinese mass manufacturing capabilities in an unforeseen manner, Rantala says.

Head Invest Ltd's CEO Arto Ylimartimo points out that JOT has been an important, integral part of Head Invest's industrial structure.

- After this transaction, Head Invest can focus on its other two businesses: wellbeing and environmental technology. We see particularly significant business growth potential in  the exhaust aftertreatment solutions for diesel engines developed by Proventia, and the related new synergy businesses.

 

Further information:

Pekka Rantala, Chairman of the Board
JOT Automation Ltd
tel. +358 40 505 1970 pekka.rantala@jotautomation.com

Arto Ylimartimo, CEO
Head Invest Ltd
p. +358 400 698 608
arto.ylimartimo@headteam.com

Interview requests:
Raisa Saarela, Communications Coordinator
Head Invest Ltd
tel. +358 40 545 3870 raisa.saarela@headteam.com

 

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http://www.leadchina.cn/en/

 

JOT Automation Ltd was established in Oulu by Veikko Lesonen in 1988, and the company started growing at a rapid pace after specializing in the telecommunications industry. With the help of Nokia, the company expanded internationally very quickly and went public in 1998. Lesonen withdrew from the company and sold his holding in 2000. In 2011, Lesonen's family business Head Invest Ltd bought JOT back from the German Rohwetter Group. JOT Automation Oy is one of the world's leading suppliers of production automation and testing solutions. The company's customer base includes leading manufacturers of products for information technology and electronics industries. The company is headquartered in Oulu, Finland, with a global presence covering 10 countries in Europe, North and South America, and Asia. Globally, the company has over 200 employees, around 80 of whom are positioned in Oulu. JOT belongs to the Head Invest Group along with such other subsidiaries as the environmental technology company Proventia Group Ltd and the wellbeing technology company Mediracer Ltd.

 

Wuxi Lead Intelligent Equipment Co., Ltd. develops, manufactures, and sells intelligent equipment in China. The company offers lithium battery manufacturing equipment comprising power batteries for power electrical vehicles; and digital battery manufacturing equipment for mobile phones, tablet PCs, and others. It also provides PV manufacturing equipment, including auto equipment for solar cell, module plant equipment, and line automation solutions for module plants. In addition, the company offers capacitor manufacturing equipment, such as high speed slitting machines, auto winding machines, auto metal spraying machines, final testing machines, etc.; and manufacturing equipment for hybrid electric vehicle capacitors, motor capacitors, locomotive capacitors, inverter capacitors, power transmission capacitors, etc. Further, it provides intelligent plant system integration services. The company was formerly known as Wuxi Lead Auto Equipment Co., Ltd. and changed its name to Wuxi Lead Intelligent Equipment Co.,Ltd. in December 2015. Wuxi Lead Intelligent Equipment Co.,Ltd. was founded in 1999 and is based in Wuxi, China.