The employees of Automation & Robotics (A&R) are going to be gradually buying out the Belgian company's founder, Christian Closset. The headquarters will remain in the city of Verviers, and no changes in personnel are planned. It will be “business as usual” for the North American staff, according to the regional president, Robb Kohn. Closset, meanwhile, intends to ensure a smooth transition after his 36 years at the helm. A&R Optical Machinery designs and manufactures inspection devices for the ophthalmic industry worldwide. Its clientele includes optical labs, lens manufacturers and insurance companies.