Strategic acquisition strengthens Columbus in Manufacturing
Columbus has today acquired First Tech Direct, a leading manufacturing consultancy based in the US. The acquisition is a strategic move in line with Columbus’ ambition to further strengthen its global position as an innovative consultancy to the manufacturing industry.
With First Tech Direct’s deep engagement in the manufacturing industry, the acquisition allows Columbus to leverage First Tech Direct’s knowledge and insights as Columbus seeks to consolidate its position in the global manufacturing industry. Additionally, Columbus is set to integrate First Tech Direct’s software solutions with a focus on providing the global auto industry with world class manufacturing capabilities.
“We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of First Tech Direct as it will enable us to service our global manufacturing customers even better. Growing our manufacturing consultancy is key for our future growth and we will gain unrivalled knowledge and insights with First Tech Direct as part of our business. We are also excited about the massive global potential in their AX for Auto solution which auto companies such as GM, Ford and Chrysler already use here in the US,“ says Thomas Honoré, CEO, Columbus.
Since First Tech Direct was founded back in 2002, the company has consistently increased its market share to become one of the leading manufacturing solution providers in the US. Today, First Tech Direct has an average annual revenue of $10 million and 55 employees.
“We are proud to enter into this agreement with Columbus. Our first priority has always been to provide knowledge and insights to our customers within manufacturing. With Columbus, we will be able to continue to grow our knowledge base, expand the business and invest in our biggest asset; our people”, says John S. Silvani, President & CEO, First Tech Direct.
The acquisition, for an undisclosed sum, is with immediate effect and the First Tech Direct management will continue in key management roles in the new setup.
Thomas Honoré, CEO, Columbus
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