Ericsson has acquired the antenna and filters business of German antenna manufacturer Kathrein. No financial details were provided about the deal, which is expected to close in the third quarter, subject to the usual conditions and approvals. Ericsson only noted that the operations reported revenues in 2018 of USD 270 million, excluding sales to Ericsson itself.
The move is in line with Ericsson’s strategy to increase investments in 5G antenna technology. The company will be getting about 4,000 professionals from Kathrein, which was founded in 1919 and is headquartered in Rosenheim. The employees, specialised in R&D, production and sales, are based in over 20 locations, including Germany, Romania, the US, Mexico and China.
Kathrein’s operations will be added as a separate unit in Business Area Networks and get reported in Segment Networks, with a positive contribution expected for 2020 profitability targets.