Originally Posted by payasam
Cosina may buy the Rollei name...
Rollei was long acquired by Trimble, maker of world-leading GPS receivers...the professional kind.
Trimble had also acquired Applnnix, a Canadian IMU company; and Inpho, a German photogrammetric software developer...
Leica Geosystem [different company from Leica "Solmes", and owned by Hexagon of Sweden since 2006] had soon declared war on Trimble...because Trimble dares to compete in the aerial imaging systems and "metrology" business.
Leica Geosystems was formerly Wild-Heerbrugg (until 1991), whose real owner was the Schmidheiny family, that also owned E. Leitz Co. of Wetzler. The brand name change [and the buying and selling behind it] was a convoluted way of bypassing EU tariff [another long story] that would favour Zeiss [Oberkochen] products, also in the aerial imaging and photogrammetry business, then.
Heinrich Wild was originally a Zeiss engineer, founded the Wild company located at Heerbrugg (near Zurich), having secured investments from Schmidheiny...ca. 1925.
Kobayashi-San is too late.