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Worldwide news NEWS AND MARKETS Hannover Messe’s Integrated Automation, Motion & Drives (IAMD) fair from 2018 Industry 4.0 is blurring the lines between various industry sectors and setting trends that manufacturers around the world cannot afford to ignore. In line with the industry, Hannover Messe, too, is adapting to the new market realities. Until now, transmission and fluid power technologies have been featuring at the fair on a biennial basis. But with the evolving market scenario and with consultation from major German industry associations, the organizers of Hannover Messe have decided to feature this industry sector annually from 2018 onwards. As of 2018, Hannover Messe will merge its flagship tradeshow ‘Industrial Automation’(IA) with the popular brand ‘Motion, Drive & Automation (MDA) fair. The new, combined event will be called Integrated Automation, Motion & Drives (IAMD) and will feature the full range of industrial automation, transmission and fluid power solutions. In the recent years, the IA and MDA have been converging from a technological standpoint. The merger reflects the reality of today’s market, which increasingly favors cross-sector and cross-platform solutions as well as digitally integrated products. Another big plus for transmission and fluid power exhibitors at IAMD will be the show’s co-location with the CeMAT intralogistics fair in 2018. Pilz achieves the € 300 million milestone The automation company, Pilz continued to grow by 6.2 % in the 2016 financial year. The family owned company from Ostfildern near Stuttgart increased its turnover to 306 million Euro. Pilz is currently investing around 7 million Euro in its headquarters in Ostfildern to expand its R&D facility. With investments in R&D, Pilz is underlining its claim to be one of the most innovative companies in automation technology. In 2016, the company achieved around 75 % of its turnover in Europe, around 15 % in Asia and just under 10 % in America. Among the subsidiaries showing the greatest growth were India, Brazil and southern Europe. In absolute terms, the control and drive technology product area remained the most important revenue contributor in 2016 (66 %), but sensor technology (15 %) is also making a significant contribution to its turnover. At the end of 2017, Chair of the Board, Renate Pilz will leave the operational side of the business and hand the management of the family business completely over to her daughter Susanne Kunschert and son Thomas Pilz. Balluff expanding its production facility in China’s Chengdu area The industrial automation specialist Balluff GmbH, headquartered in Neuhausen, Germany, continues to invest in its international market development, with its plant in Chengdu, China undergoing a massive expansion. After around 9 months of construction and 2 million Euros in investment, a production space of 2,000 m 2 are visible. Along with the expansion, Balluff plans to build highly modern, semi-automated production lines and significantly expand its development expertise at the Chengdu facility. Balluff has been active in China for more than 20 years now. Currently, the Chengdu facility produces mechanical and inductive sensors as well as linear position measuring systems. In new facility, the product range will be expanded by a semi-automated production and assembly of a sensor platform concept. As a result, the Chinese site has one of the most modern production facilities amongst Balluff’s global production network. Managing Director, Michael Unger, Vice-President of Chengdu Office for Investment Promotion, Zhong Xiatao, Chairman of the Board - Balluff GmbH, Rolf Hermle, Consul General of Germany in Chengdu, Dr. Klaus Schmidt, and Vice Director of the Chengdu Industry Zone, Li Jian (from the left) Industry expert Dr. Wucherer, new member of the Bosch Rexroth Board In April 2017, Dr. Marc Wucherer has become a Board member of the technology giant Bosch Rexroth. Dr. Wucherer assumes responsibility for global sales. With his expertise in the field of electrical and mechanical engineering, along with business administration, Dr. Wucherer held various specialist and management positions in Siemens in development, production as well as sales, in Germany and China. Most recently, he was deployed for Siemens as the president of industrial division, Northeast Asia, and then as a managing director of industrial applications in the large-scale drives and motors division in Nuremberg. Rolf Najork, Chairman of the Board at Bosch Rexroth expressing pleasure at this appointment said, “I am very pleased that we were able to convince Mr. Wucherer to come to Bosch Rexroth. With his expertise in the field of industrial automation and drive technology, he is the ideal candidate to drive our initiatives in the area of industry 4.0.” WORLD OF INDUSTRIESMOTION, DRIVE & AUTOMATION 3/2017

HBM celebrates 20 th anniversary of its plant in China In July 1997, the company, HBM Test and Measurement, inaugurated its production facility in the city of Suzhou near Shanghai. Today, the plant is not just a significant pillar in the company’s production chain. It is also the center of company’s systematic development in the Chinese market. The facility in Suzhou, along with the production plants in Darmstadt and Marlboro, USA, reflect the company’s international market presence. The factory in China manufactures load cells and customized OEM sensors. The plant has also acted as a major sales site ever since it was founded. As the country evolves into a leading high-tech center, high-quality test and measuring equipment are also in demand from Chinese technology companies. For example, data loggers from HBM record important measurement data for the internationally renowned Chinese high-speed trains. Further fields of application are aviation and aerospace projects, the automotive industry, mechanical engineering and civil engineering in the country. European technology giant ABB to acquire automation specialist B&R In a surprising turn of events in the industrial automation sector, the technology giant ABB recently announced the acquisition of B&R, a market leader in factory and machine automation. Founded in 1979 in Austria, B&R employs more than 3,000 people and with operation spread across 70 countries, the company has generated sales of over $ 600 million in 2015/16. ABB’s acquisition strategy seems to be simple and straightforward, with focus on filling the strategic gaps in geographic, product and end user industry segment. Innovation will remain at the heart of both companies, with B&R investing more than 10 % of its sales and employing more than 1,000 people in R&D and application engineering, whereas ABB currently spending nearly $ 1.5 billion annually on R&D. ABB’s acquisition of B&R. The combination of B&R’s innovative products in PLC, IPCs, servo motion and software solutions with ABB’s competence in robotics, process automation and digitalization, gives rise to an engineering giant geared up to dominate the markets in the Industry 4.0 era. DERANTRIEB■ Reliable ■ Versatile ■ Global NORD DRIVESYSTEMS: ■ Worldwide available ■ Subsidiaries in 36 countries ■ Agents in 52 countries Headquarters: Getriebebau NORD GmbH & Co. KG Fon +49 (0) 4532 / 289-0 Member of the NORD DRIVESYSTEMS Group The Gear Unit ■ Strong bearings ■ Quiet running ■ High power density The Motor ■ High efficiency ■ Global standards ■ All operating conditions The Drive Electronic ■ Compact design ■ Easy implementation ■ Scalable functionalities


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