Emerson has announced it has acquired Ireland-based HTE Engineering Services, which will join the Assembly Technologies business within Emerson’s Automation Solutions platform.

The acquisition is expected to complement and strengthen Emerson’s global presence in heat staking.

Executive president of Emerson Automation Solutions Lal Karsanbhai said: “HTE builds upon and strengthens Emerson’s capabilities and solutions for plastic joining with a unique technology to serve our customers in discrete end markets.”

HTE offers heat staking technologies, a method of joining two or more parts when at least one is made from plastic. The applications for heat staking includes automotive interiors/exteriors, electronics, PC boards, and medical devices. The acquisition will help the company more effectively tap new market opportunities by further enhancing the company’s joining technologies solutions.

President of Assembly Technologies John Meek said: “The acquisition of HTE allows Emerson to fill out our Branson plastic joining portfolio and continue to offer a process-neutral approach for our customers’ advanced material joining applications in key market segments like medical equipment, packaging and automotive assembly.”

Managing director and founder of HTE Engineering Patrick Wood said: “We are pleased to join Emerson and look forward to the opportunity for growth that comes from being a part of a company with the significant global scale and reach to better serve our customers.”

HTE Engineering Services is headquartered in Dunboyne, County Meath, Ireland.