Rockwell Automation announced in mid-January it has agreed to purchase Hiprom, a process control and automation systems integrator headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Hiprom will join the Rockwell Automation Systems and Solutions business unit.

“This acquisition accelerates the growth of Rockwell Automation’s business in the Sub-Saharan region and further expands our customer presence in the global mining and mineral processing market,” said Hedwig Maes, president of Rockwell Automation’s Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

“Strategically, this acquisition further strengthens our global project management and delivery capabilities and adds critical mass for our delivery of customer solutions in the rapidly growing Sub-Saharan market as well as globally in the mining, metals and minerals industries,” said Terry Gebert, vice president and general manager, Rockwell Automation Systems & Solutions business.

The acquisition is expected to close during the first calendar quarter of 2011 subject to the approval of regulatory authorities in South Africa.

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