Resonac Decides to Acquire 100% Shares in AMI Automation
- Having 200 DX engineers, AMI will help accelerate DX across the entire Resonac Group -
June 12, 2023
Resonac Holdings Corporation
Resonac Corporation (President: Hidehito Takahashi; hereinafter, “Resonac”) hereby announces that it has decided to acquire 100% of outstanding shares in AMI Automation (based in Mexico, hereinafter, “AMI”). AMI provides automation, control, and optimization solutions to a diverse range of industries.
Resonac acquired 50% ownership in AMI on February 5, 2021* with an option to acquire the remaining 50% shares within five years from that date. Accordingly, Resonac will acquire the remaining 50% to complete acquisition of 100% shares in AMI. Resonac plans to complete this procedure in the third quarter of 2023.
AMI is a global provider of automation solutions, including hardware, software, and services for a wide range of industries. AMI provides software and services to optimize the operation of electric arc furnaces (hereinafter, “EAF”), which are used by the steel industry. In North America, where the EAF market is expected to expand further, about 90% of EAF steel is produced using AMI’s software. This testifies to the fact that AMI is recognized as a world-class innovation leader. Resonac is the leading global provider of high-quality graphite electrodes, with the world’s largest graphite electrode production capacity in six manufacturing facilities strategically located around the world.
The acquisition of 100% shares in AMI will allow Resonac to make its graphite business evolve from simple provision of electrode products into provision of total solution services for EAF including support to digitalization of production process. We have already started to provide AMI’s digital automation and optimization solutions that enhance EAF operating efficiencies, promote safety, energy conservation, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions while delivering greater value to customers.
AMI has about 200 engineers with digitalization skills, including about 20 AI engineers. In addition to the provision of digital automation and optimization solutions for EAF operators mentioned above, AMI’s engineers will cooperate with Resonac’s Research Center for Computational Science and Informatics, which promotes relevant research as a source of strength for Resonac, as well as with those working under the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) to accelerate digital transformation across the Resonac Group. Furthermore, AMI offers automation, control and optimization solutions not only to the EAF industry but also to the paper, cement, oil & gas, and various other industries. Thus, Resonac and AMI will identify and implement joint projects to improve efficiency in various manufacturing processes.
- * News release dated February 8, 2021: Showa Denko Invests in AMI Automation
About AMI Automation
|Monterrey, N.L., Mexico
|Scope of business
Meltshop Solutions: Operation optimization system for EAF and control system for graphite electrodes
|Number of employees
|About 260 (as of May 2023)
About Resonac Graphite Business Unit
Resonac manufactures and sells graphite electrodes to be used in EAF applications, where scrap metal and alternate iron units are melted to produce steel. Compared with the production of steel from iron ore in a blast furnace, CO2 emissions are reduced to about a quarter by using an EAF for steel production. Accordingly, blast furnaces are being replaced with EAFs at an increasing rate around the world. Resonac estimates by 2028 annual demand for graphite electrodes will increase by 50,000 to 70,000 tons. In the United States, where EAFs account for 70% of steel production, the number of new EAF projects are increasing. These new EAF projects are expected to require graphite electrodes with diameters of 28 inches (700 mm) and larger. Resonac is strong in production of these supersize electrodes.
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