Cognex Corp.

Cognex Corp.

Cognex Corp.

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Type of Company


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Industrial Machinery & Manufacturing
Electrical Products
Computer Software

Company Description

Cognex Corporation is the world’s leading provider of vision systems, vision software, vision sensors and surface inspection systems used in manufacturing automation. Cognex is also a leader in industrial ID readers. Cognex vision helps companies improve product quality, eliminate production errors, lower manufacturing costs, and exceed consumer expectations for high quality products at an affordable price. Typical applications for machine vision include detecting defects, monitoring production lines, guiding assembly robots, and tracking, sorting and identifying parts. Cognex serves an international customer base from offices located throughout North America, Europe, Japan, Asia and Latin America, and through a global network of integration and distribution partners. The company is headquartered close to Boston in Natick, Massachusetts, USA. Cognex is publicly traded on the Nasdaq stock market under the symbol CGNX.

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Executives & Employees

Chief Executive Officer

Senior Vice President of Finance & Chief Financial Officer

Executive Vice President, Vision & ID Products

Executive Vice President of Corporate Employee Services & Corporate Officer

Senior Vice President & Director


Marketing Manager & Head-Trade Media

Senior Director of Investor Relations

Senior Director Marketing Communications

Board of Directors

Technical Leader at Cisco Systems, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer at Cognex Corp.

President & Chief Executive Officer at Visteon Corp.

Former President at Airmar Technology Corp.

Former Medical Director at Polaroid Corp.

Senior Vice President & Director at Cognex Corp.

Founder at Cognex Corp.

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Walter Scott’s commitment to global equity investment is delivered through a structured philosophical and analytical framework which provides a rigorous screening tool with a sole focus on stock selection. Their Investment Research team is grouped into three geographical regions – EMEA (Europe, Middle-East and Africa), Americas, and Asia Pacific – with individuals periodically rotated across these teams in order to build global knowledge and investment expertise. Research is consciously bottom-up and all investment professionals are generalists, covering all sectors. Irrespective of mandate, every portfolio is managed by bringing together the skill, judgment and experience of both the Investment Research team and the Investment Executive. Investment decisions rest upon original research conducted in-house. External research is used only to complement that in-house work. Sell-side research is used in a limited capacity and they do employ the services of independent research providers.

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BCM provides investment services to clients on an individual basis, taking into consideration each client's investment objectives, goals, circumstances, and investment needs. When selecting securities and determining the total amount to be purchased or sold, the firm observes the investment policies, limitations and restrictions of the client accounts for which it advises. Their primary approach in evaluating securities is fundamental analysis. The investment strategy employed by BCM generally involves establishing long-term positions. The principal drivers for their sell discipline are: (1) when the fundamentals that spurred the original investment change adversely; (2) the security becomes overvalued, or; (3) it is determined that the security has been an investment mistake. Short sales, margin transactions and options (in all forms) are not utilized.

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FAM is a growth manager that uses proprietary, bottom-up, fundamental research to identify companies that are undergoing positive dynamic change. The firm invests in companies experiencing high unit volume growth and/or companies undergoing a positive life cycle change. Companies with high unit volume growth are experiencing growing revenues and unit volume, increasing market share, and an expanding business. Companies undergoing positive life cycle change may have new management, a new product innovation, may be involved in a new acquisition or may stand to benefit from new regulations. FAM offers multiple investment strategies.

Recent Transactions
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Cognex Corp. purchases Sualab Co., Ltd.

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Cognex Corp. purchases GVi Ventures, Inc. /Certain Assets from GVI Ventures, Inc.

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Cognex Corp. purchases Vidi Systems SA

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Investment Advisor

Advised onCognex Corp. purchases Komatsu /Machine Vision Business from Komatsu Ltd.


Advised onCognex Corp. purchases Mayan Automation, Inc.


Advised onCognex Corp. purchases Komatsu /Machine Vision Business from Komatsu Ltd.


Advised onCognex Corp. purchases DVT Corp. from Arcapita, Inc.

Head of Asia Investment Banking

Advised onAMETEK, Inc. purchases Cognex Corp. /Surface Inspection Systems Div from Cognex Corp.

Director, Industrial Group

Advised onAMETEK, Inc. purchases Cognex Corp. /Surface Inspection Systems Div from Cognex Corp.

Advisors & Consultants
Legal Advisor

Partner at Proskauer Rose LLP

Legal Advisor

Partner at Ropes & Gray LLP


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