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W RLDWIDE NEWS Schmersal group founds subsidiary in Japan To improve its coverage of the Japanese market, the Schmersal Group has founded an independent subsidiary in Japan. Tetsuya Horimoto has been named managing director of the new Schmersal Japan KK. He takes over from Dr Tekashi Kabe, who entered his well-earned retirement at the end of 2017 after many successful years as the manager of the previous Schmersal sales office in Japan. “By founding a subsidiary in Tokyo, Schmersal will extend its range of safety technical components and systems for the Japanese market. At the same time, we will increasingly be able to offer our customers our comprehensive services from our tec.nicum division on a local basis,” explains Tetsuya Horimoto. In the demanding field of machine safety the Schmersal Group is one of the international market and competence leaders. BI software provider Bissantz expands partner network to China BI software provider Bissantz & Company now also sells its Business Intelligence software DeltaMaster in China, via its local partner Hydsoft Holding Group. The Beijing-based IT company specializes in business solutions in the field of outsourcing, big data and cloud services. More than 1,300 employees work at its head office in Beijing or its branches in Shanghai and seven other major cities in China. “China is currently one of the most exciting growth markets in our market segment”, says Irene Schröder, Head of Partner Management at Bissantz. “We foresee great opportunities for our DeltaMaster software and with Hydsoft, we have a partner with excellent contacts and market knowledge at our side.” DB Schenker steps up involvement in automotive logistics DB Schenker plans to deploy innovative solutions to meet the rising expectations of customers in the automotive sector. This will see the logistics service provider focus on the latest developments in the car industry, such as 3D printing to manufacture replacement parts, in addition to continuing its provision of long-established core services. Schenker wants to devote its energy to meeting the technological requirements of “additive production” and maintaining its progress in this field. The major benefit for customers takes the form of reduced warehousing costs, as spare parts are manufactured only when they are required. Faster production reduces delivery times. NEWS AND MARKETS Universal Robots with record revenue Increased demand for its affordable, cage-free, user-friendly collaborative robot (cobot) arms has propelled Universal Robots to revenue of USD 170 million in 2017 – a 72 percent increase over 2016 performance. The operating profit more than doubled from 9 percent in 2016 to 19 percent in 2017. “We credit our unprecedented 72 percent year-over-year revenue gain to a continuing awareness of the economic advantages for our market leading collaborative robots for a larger range of applications, and the continued commitment of our Universal Robots employees and partners to be the cobot technology of choice,” said Jürgen von Hollen, President of Universal Robots. The cobot market is expected to continue to be one of the key growth drivers in the automation market the coming years. Looking ahead at 2018, Hollen is therefore expecting further revenue growth of at least 50 percent. 6 WORLD OF INDUSTRIES 2/2018

New Managing Director at Wittenstein motion control GmbH and Wittenstein aerospace & simulation GmbH Kasper Rungfeldt, a qualified lawyer and a business administrator, with extensive experience in oil & gas industry as well as in defense has been appointed Managing Director of Wittenstein motion control GmbH and Wittenstein aerospace & simulation GmbH. In the past, he has held various executive positions at organizations like Siemens and ABB for european and non-european locations as well. “We are confident of Mr. Rungfeldt’s ability to make a crucial contribution as we convert existing potential into long-term success in the international markets”, said the board spokesman for Wittenstein SE, Dr. Bernd Schimpf. After more than 10 years of service, Christoph Heine, the existing Managing Director of Wittenstein motion control GmbH and Wittenstein aerospace & simulation GmbH, will be leaving the company at his own request on June 1, 2018. He will be joining Staufen AG, where he will take on the task of Industry Manager, Aviation & Defense. ContiTech invests to expand its facility in Hungary Over the past 18 months Continental has invested around € 20 million for its new production location at Nyíregyháza, Hungary. The plant now has a second rubber mixing line, a new semi-finished production facility for air bellows and a production line for hoses destined for heating and cooling applications in cars. The new logistics center which will supply the other Visit us CeMAT Hall 24, Experience Hub 23.04. – 27.04.2018 Visit us Hannover Messe Hall 9, Stand F18 23.04. – 27.04.2018 Hungarian locations, was commissioned in December 2017. The new mixing line is currently starting its test mode. Hose production has already started, with capacity expected to double by the end of this year. The shared 4,500 m 2 warehouse – which will store both hoses and air bellows – is also on course for completion by spring. The Hungarian government has also invested over € 6 million to support the expansion and created more than 200 additional jobs. In total, ContiTech now has around 500 employees in Nyíregyháza. DRIVING YOUR INDUSTRY 4WARD. Industrial automation is changing at an extremely rapid pace. As an innovation leader, developing cutting-edge sensor technology, SICK offers solutions today that are ready for the challenges of the future. With intelligent sensors that collect data, evaluate them in real time, adapt to their environment and communicate in the network. Enabling a new quality of flexibility. Networked intelligence for efficient processes and reliable cooperation of humans and machines. We think that’s intelligent.


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