The consolidation in our industry has accelerated over the years, reducing competition and choice. Considering just robotic total station companies, you once had the choice of Geodimeter (Sweden), Zeiss (Germany), Topcon (Japan), Sokkia (Japan), Trimble (US) and Leica (Switzerland, owned by Hexagon based in Sweden). Geodimeter and Zeiss are now consolidated inside Trimble, and Topcon purchased Sokkia, leaving only Trimble, Hexago
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opcon. Even Nikon (Japan), which never produced a robotic total station, is now part of Trimble.