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Worldwide news NEWS AND MARKETS Schaeffler appoints Maxim Shakhov as “CEO Russia” Maxim Shakhov (50) has assumed the position of ‘CEO Russia’ for the Schaeffler Group from June 2017 and will be based in Moscow. In this function, he will report directly to Prof. Dr. Rainer Lindner, CEO of Central & Eastern Europe and Middle East & Africa. Following a successful career at DuPont and Vaillant in Germany and Russia, Mr. Shakhov took over as CEO at the Bionovatic Group, a Russian start-up company which specializes in biotechnology, in 2016. With an engineering degree, an MBA, and many years of experience on the Russian and German markets, he meets all the requirements to further develop the Schaeffler Group for the future in Russia. “We are delighted to welcome Mr. Shakhov to Schaeffler, and believe that he will successfully represent the Schaeffler Group’s Automotive and Industrial divisions as well as cross-regional topics in the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union”, said Prof. Dr. Lindner. Photo: Maxim Shakhov, as the new CEO of Schaeffler Russia Lapp expands international business with a new assembly centre in Czech Republic The cable and connection technology expert, Lapp Group is continuing to expand its international production capabilities for pre-assembled cables with a new facility in Otrokovice, Czech Republic. Alongside its production facilities, Lapp has set up 3 competence centres in Singapore, New Jersey USA and Stuttgart Germany. As a part of its international expansion, the company produces the components for its cable systems all by itself, unlike other providers who outsource. This allows Lapp to react flexibly to new requirements and introduce special components or new processes wherever necessary. The best example of this is Lapp’s range of servo assemblies, for which the company completely reinvented its entire servo assembly system, from the production process to the cable and connector. This helped improve screening against electromagnetic interference by at least 400 %. Assembly providers who only purchase components may find it much more difficult to do this themselves. Following the initial start of production in Stuttgart, the new assemblies are now also being manufactured in Singapore and later this year in New Jersey USA. Arntz Optibelt opens a new storage facility in Columbia The manufacturer of high performance drive belts, Arntz Optibelt Group has opened a new warehouse in Colombia with an area of around 1,200 sq meters. The new warehouse is located in the free trade area of Cali. The new location is conveniently situated in direct proximity to a local international airport and to Colombia’s main sea port, Buena¬ven¬tura. Due to its access to the pacific, Cali is seen as Colombia’s gateway to Asia and the geographic hub of Latin America’s Pacific integration. Here, agricultural, industrial and automotive products will be stored alongside cutting machines for timing belts, ready for operation. With this new ware¬house, the company aims to improve the availability of goods and significantly reduce delivery times. Initially, the warehouse will mainly be used to supply customers in Colombia. In a second stage, this will be extended to further customers in Latin America. In North and South America, the high performance drive belts of the Arntz Optibelt Group are predominantly used in agriculture, in the oil, gas, automobile, mining, food and textile industries as well as in pulp and paper production. Servo specialist, Elmo motion control opens a new sales and support centre in UK Elmo Motion Control, the specialist in servo drives and motion control solutions has expanded its UK operations with a new sales and service centre in West Midlands. The new centre is targeting the UK’s burgeoning automation sector, printing and packaging, machine builders, medical, robotics, automated guided vehicles, test and inspection machinery sectors. The company was founded in 1988 and today it designs, develops and sells servo drives, multi-axis motion controllers and interface software. With headquarters in Israel, the rising demand for its innovative products has resulted in a dedicated presence in the USA, Germany, Italy, Poland, China, Korea and now the UK. Elmo employees more than 350 staff worldwide including 70 engineering experts. In 2015, the company upgraded its production capabilities in Israel and also opened a manufacturing centre in Poland to meet growing demand from across Europe. Elmo’s R&D department combines intelligent motion control technologies, real-time programming and control algorithms with advanced digital hardware – all controlled by a software environment that cuts integration time and maintenance costs. WORLD OF INDUSTRIESMOTION, DRIVE & AUTOMATION 5/2017

Christian Erles, new Vice President of International Sales at Pilz Ostfildern-based, global automation company Pilz has completed its re-organization and as the new Vice President (VP) of Sales International, Christian Erles will now work at the forefront of company’s international sales activities. The 47-yearold, new VP International Sales, has his qualifications as Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Electrical Engineering, Master of Science IT and Master of Business Administration. Before joining Pilz, Christian Erles worked as the Head of Global Sales & Marketing PLC in the Process Automation business unit at ABB. Christian Erles is the successor of Klaus Stark, who is now working as the Head of Innovation Management at Pilz. By increasing the focus on customer orientation, Erles is aligning the company’s strategy and objectives with an even greater emphasis on the respective national market. Within the Sales department, Pilz has worked to expand not only sales support and regional management, but also particularly the business development sector. “It is important to tap into new business areas, while at the same time improving how we incorporate customer needs into our products,” explained Erles. Aventics expands India operations with a facility in Bangalore In line with the company’s growth strategy, German pneumatics experts, Aventics, is expanding their global sales and manufacturing network with a new sales and manufacturing facility in Bangalore, India. In May 2017, Aventics India Pvt. Ltd. started operations in their premises in Bangalore. The location in the South of India includes sales offices, a direct shop floor area, and a warehouse. Additional sales offices have been established in Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad, and Pune, while at Delhi another sales office is being planned. Anthony Raju Suresh, a mechanical engineer with additional qualifications in strategic management, has taken over the role as General Manager of Operations in India. The expansion to new locations is an integral part of the Aventics growth strategy. Along with India, Aventics has established sales units in Spain, Singapore, and Mexico. In 2017, the company also announced the acquisition of Vector Horizon Technology, a US based company developing clean energy systems with a focus on emission control systems and advanced mechatronics. Aventics now has 22 country-owned entities and more than 60 sales partners to support their global coverage. Photo: Anthony Raju Suresh, General Manager of Operations, Aventics India DERANTRIEBn Reliable n Versatile n Global NORD DRIVESYSTEMS: n Worldwide available n Subsidiaries in 36 countries n 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 n Strong bearings n Quiet running n High power density The Motor n High efficiency n Global standards n All operating conditions The Drive Electronic n Compact design n Easy implementation n Scalable functionalities


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