With increasing investor attention in Machine Vision, a « digital value gap » is emerging – especially software and application-focused companies are in great demand.
« Image processing components are the main drivers of digital production. Investors have recognized the strategic importance of the segment and are increasingly looking for acquisition targets. Despite ongoing consolidation, we still find ourselves in a rather fragmented seller market.
This is similarly reflected in company valuations, moving at historic highs and being still on the rise. At the same time, we see an increasing « digital value gap, » hence a significantly higher valuation premium for software and application-oriented providers versus component and hardware manufacturers. Positioning your own company is a key value driver. »
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