The deal is expected to close within six months, at which point VTI will become a wholly-owned subsidiary, Murata (Kyoto, Japan) said.
VTI, formed in 1991, is a privately held manufacturer of silicon-based capacitive 3-D MEMS sensors for automotive and medical applications. It produces a broad range of sensors covering acceleration, inclination, shock, vibration, angular velocity, and pressure. Murata said VTI is the world's leading manufacturer of low-G accelerometer for automotive and cardiac rhythm management systems. The company ownership is divided between private equity fund EQT and the management.
Murata said that VTI's strong presence in automotive and medical sensors complemented its own in sensors for consumer applications and that the acquisition would expand and strengthen its sensor business.
VTI had annual sales in the year to Dec. 31, 2010 of 76 million euro (about $100 million) and at that time employed about 600 people. Murata had annual sales of 618 billion yen (about $8 billion) in the year to March 31, 2011.