Advanced simulator business Ansible Motion has been acquired by AB Dynamics for £31.2m (US$34.4m), consisting of a £19.2m (US$21.2m) initial consideration and a £12m (US$13.3m) payment subject to meeting performance criteria.
Following the acquisition from its three shareholders – Kia Cammaerts, Jonathan Walker and Robert Stevens – Ansible Motion will join AB Dynamics’ portfolio which supplies state-of-the-art simulation technologies and services to the automotive industry and motorsport sector.
The newly acquired simulator business will sit alongside AB Dynamics’ newly formed AB Simulation division, which is responsible for the Advanced Vehicle Driving Simulator product range, and the simulation software provider rFpro.
Ansible Motion’s product range currently consists of its Delta series dynamic simulator, Sigma series static simulator and the portable Theta series simulator. The company’s products are designed for use on the development and testing of ADAS, autonomy, motorsport, chassis, powertrain, human factors, human-machine interface, NVH, steering systems and tires.
“We are delighted to welcome Ansible Motion on board,” said Dan Clark, managing director, AB Simulation. “It is a well-established, successful business that has an outstanding reputation for driving simulator solutions. Ansible Motion’s product offering complements our own range and creates a comprehensive family of simulator solutions. We are now positioned to be market leaders in the sector.”
“AB Dynamics’ acquisition of Ansible Motion marks an exciting and pivotal moment, and we are delighted to become a part of the AB Dynamics family,” said Kia Cammaerts, technical director, Ansible Motion. “It’s a remarkable fit. Both companies have always shared a common vision: to provide superlative tools for automotive product development work.
“Now, we’ll be joining forces to better serve automotive customers worldwide, with broader and deeper offerings. Ansible Motion will continue to focus on the development of the world’s most immersive Driver-in-the-Loop simulation technologies, propelled further by the business and technical expertise of one of the world’s most trusted suppliers of automotive test systems and services.”
Cammaerts and Stevens will remain at Ansible Motion as the technical director and chief engineer respectively.