CAD/CAM systems supplier Lectra has bought German leather cutting equipment developer Humantec Industriesysteme GmbH for an undisclosed sum.

Founded in 1993 by Peter Felber, the company's president and majority shareholder, Humantec focuses on the automotive seating and interiors, furniture and furnishings, and industrial textiles industries.

Humantec holds strong positions in North America and Europe, and has recently expanded into Asia.

It has a total staff of 70 employees (55 in Germany, 6 in Slovakia, and 7 in the United States), and reported 2003 revenues of €9 million.

The sale is expected to close within the next 60 days and includes the acquisition of 100 per cent of Humantec Industriesysteme GmbH and its US-based sister
company, Humantec Systems Inc.

Peter Felber, Humantec's president, said: "Our strategic merger will leverage the mutual strengths of the two companies and strengthen our ability to meet customer demands.

"After 11 years of successful operations, the moment was perfect for Humantec to seek to accelerate its worldwide development through significantly increased R&D, financial, marketing and sales, and service resources."