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W RLDWIDE NEWS Dr. Friedhelm Loh awarded honorary professorship A successful, family-run company, support for research and teaching, social and Christian commitment – entrepreneur Dr. Friedhelm Loh is setting standards in business and science. Representing the German state of Hesse, Boris Rhein (left), Minister for Science and the Arts of Hesse, honoured the commitment of family entrepreneur Dr. Friedhelm Loh by presenting him with the title of honorary professor. Dr. Ralf Garlichs, the new COO at Siemens PPAL With effect from 1 st July, 2018, Dr. Ralf Garlichs will be the new COO at Siemens Postal, Parcel & Airport Logistics. With his appointment to the newly created post, he will also become a part of the executive managing board of the company. Garlichs will be responsible for all operational, technical function units worldwide. Garlichs has extensive international experience in leading positions at renowned companies in the conveyor system and logistics industries. He joined the Interroll Group in 2006, and since 2011 has been the Executive Vice President – Products & Technology and Member of Group Management. WEG opens new factory in Portugal The Brazilian motor manufacturer, WEG is expanding its European operations and has recently commenced manufacturing at its second factory in Portugal. This new facility is dedicated to the production of low voltage electric motors. With an investment of € 15 Million, Santo Tirso is now the largest WEG manufacturing plant in Europe. The new factory in Portugal has a footprint of around about 4 5000 m 2 and also has the capability for future expansion up to 100 000 m 2 . It incorporates production facilities including machining, rotor manufacturing, stator winding, assembly processes and dedicated testing areas. The second plant in Portugal has been designed to be state-of-theart and efficient facility. The first factory located in Maia is only 20 minutes away from the new facility at Santo Tirso. WEG currently employs over 600 people in its two factories in Portugal. The first Portuguese plant will now be focused on the manufacture of medium and high voltage motors, with an emphasis on explosion protected solutions. It will expand its current portfolio of manufactured products, whilst strengthening the in-house service capabilities and automation solutions. NEWS AND MARKETS Weidmüller is applying its expertise from the industrial field to the development of 5G In industrial applications, the new mobile radio standard 5G is expected to help further promote digitalisation within production and to support the faster networking of machines. One challenge associated with digitalisation is the smart transport of data and the creation of the necessary infrastructure. “In order to ensure that everything is functioning correctly within an industrial environment, however, there are particular requirements that need to be met”, explains Dr. Jan Setfan Michels, Head of Standards and Technology Development at Weidmüller. In order to ensure that these requirements are taken into account in the development and implementation of the standard, this topic was last year addressed by the German central association of the electrical engineering and electrical industry (ZVEI). Michels is represented in the work group as an expert in the field: “It’s important to create uniform standards. 5G is being used to develop and test technologies and mechanisms designed to enable future-proof communication – and there are many fields of application within the networking of industry”. 6 WORLD OF INDUSTRIES 4/2018

Beumer Group brings on board Amir Reza Sinai As of January 1 st , 2018, Amir Reza Sinai has been appointed as the new managing director of the Beumer Group (Thailand) Co., Ltd., based in Bangkok. The subsidiary acts as the Beumer Group’s regional headquarters in South East and East Asia, where it covers the divisions Conveying & Loading Systems, Palletizing & Packaging Systems. It also provides solutions for the cement industry. Before coming to the Beumer Group, Amir Reza Sinai was CEO of the Indonesian subsidiary of a global plant engineering and construction company. He joined Beumer’s team on 1 st January 2017, and for almost a year, he was the head of the company’s Indonesia office in Jakarta. Baumüller strengthens its presence in Scandinavia In February 2018, Baumüller started its new branch in Copenhagen for all customers in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland and Finland. With the new establishment, the drive manufacturer offers competent contact partners directly on site. The Baumüller Group headquartered in Nuremberg, Germany offers solutions for drive and automation systems as well as a broad service portfolio. The company also offers services throughout the entire life cycle of machines and systems: from maintenance and repair, to installation and assembly, to retrofitting. Baumüller wants to serve the Scandinavian region directly with the new branch. Many high-tech providers and globally leading companies are involved in mechanical engineering and e-mobility there and in the future will benefit from Baumüller’s products, systems and services even more. Time-less E4.1L: Moving energy made even easier ... Fast harnessing and time-less design. Reduce assembly and harnessing time by 80 %* The E4.1L e-chainsystem ® can be harnessed faster than any other. New separators and strain relief elements enable lightning-fast assembly and strain relief of complex, multi-level cable fillings. plastics for longer life ® *measured in the igus ® harnessing factory Tel. +49 2203 9649-800 The terms "igus, e-chainsystem, plastics for longer life" are legally protected trademarks in the Federal Republic of Germany and, where applicable, in some foreign countries. 2018 AMTS Shanghai International Automotive Material and Equipment Technology Exhibition IGUS-EN+Messe.indd 1 16.05.2018 16:20:35 WORLD OF INDUSTRIES 4/2018 7


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