Motorola Solutions to buy Psion for £127m

Motorola Solutions to buy Psion for £127m

Motorola Solutions is to buy ruggedised mobile device manufacturer Psion for £127m.

Under the deal, Motorola Solutions will combine Psion within Motorola's enterprise mobile computing (EMC) business, reporting to corporate VP Girish Rishi.

The sale, announced on Friday, sees the firm go to the section of Motorola which remains after the recent sale of its phone division to Google.

Psion invented the personal digital assistant (PDA) and the source of the Symbian operating system. In 2000 Psion merged with Canada’s Teklogix, a maker of industrial handheld computers and wireless data collection systems.

The firm has around 830 employees, customers in more than 50 countries and reported revenues of  £176m in 2011.

Motorola Solutions chief executive Greg Brown said: ‘Psion is a compelling opportunity to strengthen our industry-leading, mobile-computing portfolio with ruggedised handheld products and vehicle-mount terminals.’

Psion chairman John Hawkins said the deal provides Psion’s shareholders with ‘certainty’.

The deal, which depends on US regulatory approval, is expected to close in the fourth quarter.

Written by Mobile Today
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