News in the RIEGL Distributor Network
We are very happy to announce that RIEGL is now the majority owner of Riegl USA Inc. (www.rieglusa.com). RIEGL has acquired the majority of shares of Riegl USA Inc., that have been held by Mr. Ted Knaak, its founder and long-time head.
RIEGL in Austria has acquired (as per June 2011 and through a newly established holding company) the majority of shares of Riegl USA Inc., that have been held up to now by Mr. Ted Knaak, its founder and long-time president. His contributions over nearly two decades have been essential and indispensable to the growth and success of RIEGL in the USA and Canada, and it is a pleasant obligation here to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to him for the excellent pioneering work done.
Mr. Knaak has resigned from his former functions held in Riegl USA and will continue to move forward with his new software company Certainty 3D, www.certainty3d.com.
We gladly wish him the very best, and we look forward to a mutually successful cooperation between RIEGL and Certainty 3D.
Riegl USA Inc. is the North American office for RIEGL Laser Measurement Systems GmbH. The Riegl USA offices are located in Orlando, Florida – a very convenient conference and convention city in central Florida, offering world-class infrastructure, hotels, and entertainment. Therefore, we believe it is a very pleasant place for our customers to get together for consulting and training.
The reason for the significant change in RIEGL's distributor network is obvious: Founded back in 1994, Riegl USA has had an essential role within RIEGL's distribution channel. With RIEGL Austria now being the majority owner, the further development and growth of Riegl USA can be supported and managed more efficiently from the RIEGL headquarters in Austria by taking advantages of synergies between the two firms. Hence, it is an option to also serve some South American markets from the Riegl USA office in addition to the USA and Canada – not only with regards to sales-related issues, but also when it comes to support and service. In the medium run, also synergies in marketing and training activities within the RIEGL group will be realized.
Riegl USA, under the continuing leadership of James Van Rens as President will allow RIEGL to more aggressively pursue the development of new markets and products. The new ownership structure will bring strategic advantages to all parties involved. Riegl USA’s President James Van Rens said, “Riegl USA’s customer support and business performance in North America has never been stronger, the business model is solid and our growth is continuing". Riegl USA will continue its strong commitment to its customers and all future developments.