Earlier this week Cherry acquired Active Key, a German keyboard and mouse manufacturer with a focus on hygienics. The pairing of these two companies should be a good compliment as each offers technical and engineering advancements. What this means for the home PC user remains to be seen, but this certainly will bode well for those working in the medical and industrial fields as well as POS systems. Here is Cherry’s official press release.
CHERRY ACQUIRES HYGIENIC KEYBOARD AND MICE SPECIALIST ACTIVE KEY
Auerbach, May 10, 2021 – CHERRY, a leading global manufacturer of computer input devices and switches for mechanical keyboards, announced today the acquisition of Active Key GmbH & Co. KG (“Active Key”), a German-based leading manufacturer of hygienic, washable keyboards and mice for medical and industrial end-markets. The Active Key acquisition expands CHERRY’s healthcare product portfolio and meets increased customer demand for hygienic and washable computer peripherals.
Active Key is a leading brand in the development and engineering of specialist keyboards and mice that are used in medical, industrial, point-of-sale and office applications. Its product range includes keyboards that are resistant to dust and moisture, fully sealed keyboards that can be easily sanitized, programmable keyboards, and keyboards with integrated card readers. This acquisition strengthens CHERRY’s position as a leading provider of healthcare peripherals.
The combination of CHERRY and Active Key is highly complementary. CHERRY will benefit from Active Key’s technical new product development and engineering expertise and Active Key will benefit from CHERRY’s established global distribution network. The current environment is driving rising demand for specialized keyboards and mice in healthcare and other industrial settings. This acquisition adds depth to CHERRY’s healthcare offerings and will enable future applications of hygienic and washable technology across CHERRY’s broader product portfolio and end-markets.
“The acquisition of Active Key is an important step for us in expanding our range of hygienic and industrial input devices,” says Rolf Unterberger, CHERRY’s Chief Executive Officer. “We view this acquisition as an important milestone in consolidating our technological leadership in the healthcare and industrial peripheral segments. We are pleased to add Active Key’s highly diversified product set to CHERRY’s existing offering.”
“CHERRY and Active Key have similar product and engineering roots and are a good match in terms of team and portfolio. I am proud that the next chapter of growth for my company and our employees is under CHERRY’s trusted brand,” says Gerhard Hahn, former owner and General Manager of Active Key.
CHERRY, headquartered in Auerbach in der Oberpfalz, Germany, is the world’s leading manufacturer of premium mechanical switches for the PC gaming keyboard market. CHERRY is also a leading global manufacturer of computer input devices with a focus on the Gaming, Office, Industry, Security and Healthcare markets. CHERRY employs approximately 500 people in production facilities and subsidiaries in Germany, France, Great Britain, China, Austria and the USA. Founded in 1953, the CHERRY brand is synonymous with “German-quality” products that are designed and developed specifically for the needs of its customers.
Further information on CHERRY can be found on the website: www.cherry-world.com
About Active Key
Active Key GmbH & Co. KG, headquartered in Pegnitz, Germany, is a leading manufacturer of specialized hygienic and washable keyboards and mice for use in medical, industrial, point-of-sale, banking and office environments. The Company offers a full range of products tailored for every application, with a focus on incorporating the latest technologies and ensuring user comfort and product precision. Founded in 2005, Active Key is renowned for its ability to customize products to specific customer requirements and high customer service levels.