Saab Grintek acquires avionics company AMS


Saab Grintek will acquire Aerospace Monitoring and Systems (AMS) in a R30 million deal, which will be finalised in April 2006.Saab Grintek has signed an agreement to acquire Aerospace Monitoring and

Systems in a R30 million deal. The finalisation of the acquisition is planned
for April 2006.

The direct investment is another step in Saab`s strategy to actively engage and expand the South African defence industry on a global scale within its strategic niches, as well as continue its expansion into the South African and African markets.

AMS product portfolio and markets fits very well into our avionics business, especially in the areas of safety, monitoring and digital recording systems, where together we will be a significant global player, says Saab Avitronics President Björn Erman.

Upon completion of the deal AMS will form part of Saab Avitronics, a Saab business unit focusing on avionics and electronic warfare systems, which already has operations in both Sweden and SA.

AMS will benefit from Saab Grintek`s expertise and a well-developed global distribution footprint in a very active and increasingly competitive avitronics market.

We are excited about the excellent strategic fit between our products, markets and cultures and look forward to expanding our business under the Saab brand, says Christo Weder, CEO at AMS.

AMS focuses on proprietary Aircraft Monitoring and Recording Systems for the global aerospace and defence market. The company is based in Midrand and employs 75 people. Currently 95% of AMS`s turnover is generated by export.

Saab Grintek also anticipates a positive spin-off from the investment to translate into job creation in the long-term.

The acquisition is subject to approval by the regulatory authorities and is likely to be effective beginning of April 2006.

Like Saab Avitronics current electronic warfare
operations in South Africa, AMS will, from a legal point of view, be part of

Saab Grintek Defence, which is jointly owned by Saab Grintek and Saab