New machine vision force in Europe formed

Change is afoot in the world of industrial vision integration with the formation of one of the largest combined organisations in machine vision in Europe. The Irish leader in machine vision Crest Solutions has announced an investment in a similar firm on the European mainland.

Crest's Frank Madden and Stéphane Van Hoof of Vistalink!

Based in Mechelen (B), VistaLink is the largest vision integration company in the Benelux. The investment creates many opportunities for growth, merging the expertise and resources of both companies. A growing team of 45 employees are now providing solutions and support to clients in the pharmaceutical, automotive and medical devices industries in Europe and the US.

Since 1998 Crest Solutions has provided compliant solutions to over 80 clients in the medical devices and pharmaceutical industries. Industrial machine vision systems facilitate automated, high speed inspection in high volume production and packaging environments. With almost 50 years of experience combined, vision solutions provided by Crest Solutions and VistaLink transform processes in production environments, increasing speed and efficiency, reducing cost and providing compliance with European and FDA regulations for serialisation and traceability.

Speaking of the investment, CEO of Crest Solutions, Frank Madden said “The synergy between two such market leaders will create exciting opportunities for growth in the machine vision industry at home and abroad. This increase in scale allows us to guarantee our clients a long-standing service and support. We also plan to draw on our combined expertise and resources to invest as much time as possible in R&D to continue to provide customers with innovative and cost-effective solutions. Crest Solutions has been in constant contact with Enterprise Ireland since the company was founded in 1998 and their continued support has assisted greatly in our recent growth.”  Congratulating Crest Solutions, Jennifer Condon, Head of Software with Enterprise Ireland said, “We strongly congratulate Crest on this significant acquisition.  This investment by this ambitious Cork technology firm adds significant scale to Crest and will greatly enhance their international reach.  Crest will be able to leverage this important foothold in Europe to increase export sales and develop innovative products and services, securing and growing their business.”

Crest Solutions and Vistalink have collaborated on a number of customer projects in the past, resulting in the partnership.  The companies compliment each other’s strengths as market leaders and experts in machine vision. They share a commitment to pioneering innovation and providing customers with expertise and lasting support.

Crest Solutions and VistaLink are now fully equipped to manage global projects, including those for customers planning multi site projects. With headquarters in Ireland and a European mainland office in Belgium, they offer on-site, local support to all clients in four major European languages.  Now one of the largest machine vision system integrators in Europe, the organisation prides itself on supporting the individual requirements of customers in a variety of industries. Crest Solutions operates primarily in the pharmaceutical and medical devices production industries while VistaLink operates in the automotive, pharmaceutical, cosmetics and electronics industries in mainland Europe.

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