Germany-based KUKA acquired Visual Components, a 3D simulation software developer headquartered in Finland.

“3D simulation is an important element in the design of the factory of the future,” says Dr. Till Reuter, chief executive officer of KUKA AG. “Visual Components offers innovative solutions in this field.”

For KUKA, the simulation tool offers key elements for technological innovations such as artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, cloud technology and the Internet of Things (IoT).

“Visual Components and KUKA have been working together successfully for many years,” says Juha Renfors, founder and of Visual Components. “We have found a strong and reliable partner for continued international growth.”