IDS shows strong growth in the USA

As in previous years, IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH was able to exceed industry expectations in 2019. With a sales increase in the higher single-digit percentage range, the company has held its ground well in the market, contrary to the 7% sales decline forecast by the VDMA for machine vision. The increase in sales was particularly strong in North America compared to the previous year.

As in previous years, IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH was able to exceed industry expectations in 2019. With a sales increase in the higher single-digit percentage range, the company has held its ground well in the market, contrary to the 7% sales decline forecast by the VDMA for machine vision. The increase in sales was particularly strong in North America compared to the previous year.


For 2020 the camera manufacturers from Southern Germany are again aiming for double-digit growth. This is based on the positive order situation, with a 16% increase over the previous year, and the strong development of the foreign business. Delivery of the 1.5 millionth camera is expected in the second quarter.

Overall, the foreign presence at almost all locations was further strengthened by new hires in the areas of sales and machine vision consulting. The relocation of the subsidiaries in the USA, Japan, UK and Korea to larger premises reflects these developments and paves the way for further growth.

The growth forecast for the VISION year 2020 is based primarily on the new IDS NXT cameras with artificial intelligence and the high demand in the 3D segment. New products will complement the IDS product range especially in these areas. The IDS NXT ocean all-in-one solution has already been on the market for a short time and promises the user AI-based image processing without specialist knowledge.

"We continue to grow, develop innovative products and therefore remain a reliable and powerful partner for the future," explains managing director Daniel Seiler. "Thanks to high investments in our infrastructure in 2019, we are ideally positioned for the increased order intake and a further increase in demand".

The new Innovation and Technology Center "b39" will be ready for occupancy in the course of the second half of the year. In addition to IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH, the main user of the 4,500 sqm complex, in which jobs for 200 employees will be created, will be the sister company IDS Innovation GmbH, which will operate the "b39 Academy", specialising in the teaching of digital professional, methodological and technical skills.


Illustration (© IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH)


About IDS Inc.
IDS Inc. was founded in 2007 as a subsidiary of IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH. The industrial camera manufacturer IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH develops high-performance, easy-to-use USB, GigE and 3D cameras with a wide spectrum of sensors and variants. The almost unlimited range of applications covers multiple non-industrial and industrial sectors in the field of equipment, plant and mechanical engineering. In addition to the successful CMOS cameras, the company expands its portfolio with vision app-based, intelligent cameras. The novel image processing platform IDS NXT is freely programmable and extremely versatile.

Since its foundation in 1997 as a two-man company, IDS has developed into an independent, ISO-certified family business with more than 300 employees. The headquarters in Obersulm, Germany, is both a development and production site. With branches in the USA, Japan, South Korea and UK as well as other offices, IDS is represented internationally.

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