What's new in the Schmersal-Group? The service division tec.nicum is being restructured. Heinz Schmersal received an honorary doctorate from the University of Wuppertal. The company has a new one sales Director Germany and is happy about the Best Managed Company Award. Below you will find details on these and other company announcements:

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Founding of Tec.nicum - Solutions & Services GmbH

30.04.24/XNUMX/XNUMX | The Schmersal Group has on the Hannover Messe announced that it is restructuring its service division and founding Tec.nicum - Solutions & Services GmbH. This restructuring reflects the growing interest and significant development potential in the field of Security services contrary.

Omnicon Engineering GmbH, which was acquired in 2019, will also be incorporated into the new subsidiary, headquartered in Kirkel-Limbach, Saarland. Under the direction of Bruno Ricardo Diniz, the former head of Tec.nicum's Latin America business, the company will network and expand its global activities more closely.

With a focus on Digitalization and complete solutions for machine safety, Tec.nicum aims to expand the range of safety services. "Our customers benefit from our technical know-how, our functional safety expertise and our application experience, bundled in a global organization that takes advantage of new technologies such as Lidar, augmented reality and digitalization," explains Mr. Diniz. New services such as comprehensive software solutions for risk assessments, cloud solutions and IIoT applications are also offered.

In addition to the existing pillars of Tec.nicum – knowledge transfer, consulting, technical planning and execution – two new areas complete the offer: Digitalization and Outsourcing. The latter allows users to carry out all tasks of the machine safety from conception to installation.

The company offers all the specialist knowledge that the security officer needs, from training, on-site advice or live online seminars. It currently employs 162 people worldwide, including technicians and professionals TUV Rheinland certified functional safety engineers. As the organization expands, a significant increase in the number of employees is expected to further expand the global network of experts.

Heinz Schmersal receives an honorary doctorate

Sep 25.09.2023, XNUMX | Heinz Schmersal is from the Faculty of Economics - Schumpeter School of Business and Economics at Bergische University of Wuppertal received an honorary doctorate.

In doing so, the university recognizes his commitment to an exchange between Practice and science and his commitment to the university and the faculty. The importance of this decision is further highlighted by the fact that in the approximately fifty years of its existence it has only awarded six honorary doctorates.

Prof. Dr. Peter Witt, Chairman of the Schumpeter School Foundation and Chair of Technology and Innovation Management, explains the decision as follows: Heinz Schmersal, managing partner of the Schmersal Group since 1982, always brings ideas and questions to the faculty and shares his practical knowledge in a variety of ways teaching staff and the students.

The new honorary doctor's first contacts with the University of Wuppertal arose around the year 2000. Since then, the entrepreneur has shared his practical experiences and enriched scientific discussions with regular lectures. Dean Prof. Dr. Nils Crasselt In his welcome, he recalled a lecture on the topic of “Product innovation for the global market”, where he first met Heinz Schmersal almost fifteen years ago.

Jörg Kraus is the new sales manager for Germany

Jörg Kraus Schmersal18.07.2023/1/XNUMX | Jörg Kraus is responsible for the July XNUMXst national sales activities taken over by the Schmersal Group. Among other things, he is responsible for the implementation and further development of the sales strategy and the optimization of the sales processes.

Mr. Kraus has extensive experience in the sale of capital goods and technical components for complex sectors such as mechanical and plant engineering, the metal industry, technical gases and surface technology. In particular, establishment and management of local sales and service organizations in Germany, Switzerland and Poland as well as the development of new business areas are part of his expertise. He now leads the team of field staff and is responsible for sales representatives and external service providers.

"Schmersal is one of the recognized market leaders in machine safety," explains Jorg Kraus. "As a passionate salesperson, however, I see it as a challenge to continue driving growth in the established markets. Our goal must be to continue to offer our customers the best products and the best service in the future.”

Best Managed Company 2023

31.05.2023/2023/XNUMX | The Schmersal Group is honored as "Best Managed Company XNUMX". The consulting and auditing company received the award Deloitte Private together with the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper and the Federation of German Industries (BDI) awarded. Excellently managed medium-sized companies are awarded, which are convincing in four management areas: These are strategy, productivity + innovation, culture & commitment as well as governance + finance.

"Based on our corporate values, we continually adapt the management processes to the growth," says the Managing Director Philip Schmersal about the award. "In doing so, we follow the goal of proceeding very systematically with all management decisions and including as many facts as possible, while maintaining a high degree of agility on the other hand. In this way, even with ever increasing speeds of change and unforeseen events, we can very quickly and at the same time well-founded, with a clear head, make decisions. In addition, we plan for the long term and in line with our corporate governance, which also includes the impact of our activities on society and the environment."

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dr Christine Wolters, partner and head of Deloitte Private, comments: "A Best Managed Company like Schmersal is characterized by a forward-looking strategy, high productivity and a pronounced innovation culture as well as value-oriented corporate management".

Markus Seiz, Best Managed Company Program Manager and Director at Deloitte Private, adds: “Best Managed Companies are a strong and supporting pillar of our economy. They are the drivers of innovation and at the same time 'keepers of the flame' in the sense of sustainable corporate management. Such strong companies think in generations, not quarters, which is why they deserve an award.”

Schmersal is pleased about the award presented in Düsseldorf on May 25 because it increases the visibility of the employer brand elevated. "We are growing continuously and are therefore always on the lookout for employees who share our values ​​and would like to get involved with us in an innovative company for the safety of man and machine. When we receive an award from a world-renowned consulting firm for exemplary management culture and good corporate governance, that increases our reputation in the competition for good employees,” says Mr. Schmersal.

More Schmersal news

Finnish subsidiary is now called Schmersal Finland Oy

05.09.2022 | The Finnish subsidiary of Schmersal Group, Advancetec Oy, now operates under the name Schmersal Finland Oy. Advancetec Oy was founded in Helsinki in 1993 as a sales company for Automation services founded. The parent company entered into a sales cooperation with Advancetec almost 30 years ago. In 2019, she took over the company 100% as a subsidiary.

Schmersal Finland Oy sells products from the Schmersal range and manages the safety services from the service division tec.nicum mainly in Finland and Estonia. Well-known companies from the food processing, paper manufacturing, robotics, marine technology and heavy industry sectors are among the customers.

“The new name will make it easier for us to make the Schmersal brand more visible in Finland. We would like to expand our product range in the future and develop new projects in cooperation with engineering companies and consulting firms.”, says Jukka harmonics Managing Director of Schmersal Finland Oy. "Our goal is to continue to maintain and expand our long-term customer relationships and also to win new major customers". 

Böhnke + Partner and View Elevator cooperate

13.04.2022/XNUMX/XNUMX | Schmersal Böhnke + Partner and the Austrian start-up company View elevator cooperate in the global distribution of their products for the elevator industry. In the further development of elevator systems, the partners also want to work together under the aspect of digitization. Böhnke + Partner in Bergisch Gladbach develops, designs and manufactures components, controls and remote diagnosis systems for the elevator industry. The Austrian company View Elevator has specialized in the development of digital systems for elevator management and the safe, barrier-free use of elevators.

"View Elevator's product portfolio is an ideal addition to what we offer. In particular, we expect the cooperation to boost innovation in the development of digital systems for elevator technology," emphasizes dr Andreas Hunscher, Head of Lift Business Schmersal Group. "The digitization of elevator technology offers considerable market potential, because it enables operators to increase the efficiency of their elevators, which are sometimes decades old and have a high need for retrofitting."

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"We develop smart, manufacturer-independent technologies that can be used universally for all existing elevator systems. These technologies increase safety for elevator users, reduce the effort for operators and optimize the life cycle costs of the systems," says John Schober, CEO and Founder of View Elevator. "The partnership with Böhnke + Partner offers us the opportunity to advance the internationalization of our business model."

Böhnke + Partner has at the interlift Among other things, new concepts for machine room-less elevators and a newly developed software API were presented. In conjunction with the BP408 control module, Jeeves service robots can use elevators independently. At the trade fair, View Elevator presented, among other things, the brand-independent digital elevator book View Liftbook, the multimedia safety system for elevators View II and View Sense, the first AI-supported safety monitoring for elevators.

TÜV Rheinland issues the first UKCA certificate

22.02.2022/XNUMX/XNUMX | As an officially recognized testing body, TÜV Rheinland has received the first certificate for testing the interlocks AZ300, AZM 300 and AZM 300 AS issued in accordance with UKCA (United Kingdom Conformity Assessment) requirements.

Since the official Brexit, this new labeling has been required on products sold in England, Scotland and Wales. That UKCA thus replacing the CE mark of the EU internal market, which will be accepted for product approval on the British market until the end of 2022. "We were very aware that the British market is important for many of our customers and that we, as a testing institute, have to offer fast and unproblematic support here with regard to the latest regulatory requirements," says Thomas Steffens, Head of the Functional Safety & Cybersecurity Testing and Certification Body at TÜV Rheinland Industrie Service GmbH.

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After the successful pilot project with the AZM300 safety locking device, the manufacturer is now becoming systematic certify further products according to UKCA to let. "Our goal is to equip Schmersal's most common and frequently requested products with the UKCA certificate by January 1, 2023, so that our customers can place their machines on the market in Great Britain in accordance with the guidelines," says Jörg Eisold, Head of Tests, Standardization Committees and association work at the Schmersal Group. "In view of our extensive product range, this is an ambitious schedule. But we hope that we can achieve this goal with the support of all third parties involved in the certification process. The good experiences we have had with TÜV Rheinland in the AZM300 pilot project make us very optimistic. "

Thomas Steffens from TÜV Rheinland adds: "As a testing institute, we know how difficult it is for manufacturers to develop tailor-made market access solutions that take conformity requirements into account." Since September 2021, TÜV Rheinland has been an Approved Body for the directive, among other things Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008. This will allow UKCA certification for manufacturers of safety products to Annex IV of the Machinery Directive and support access to the UK market.

New General Manager for subsidiary in Thailand

14.02.2022/XNUMX/XNUMX | The Schmersal Group has Passara Hongwisat appointed as the new Managing Director of Schmersal Thailand Co. Ltd in Bangkok. Born in Thailand, she has 18 years of professional experience in B2B sales and channel management for IT and industrial products and worked in the automation industry for five years. Ms. Hongwisat has Electrical Engineering studied at King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok.

"I'm looking forward to the challenge of opening up new market potential in Thailand for the internationally renowned Schmersal brand. Thailand is a growth market for new technologies and innovations in the automation sector. Many new machines and robot systems are being developed here. New products are made with the aim of adapting them even more directly and precisely to the needs of consumers. These trends underline the importance of machine safety, for which Schmersal offers high-quality products and solutions," says Passara Hongwisat. "Southeast Asia is one of the most dynamic economic areas in the world with high growth rates. Here, too, there is growing awareness of the importance of machine safety and occupational safety in industrial production. Therefore, the demand for the high-quality products and know-how from Schmersal will continue to rise."

The Thai daughter was Founded in Bangkok in 2019 and focuses on sales and marketing activities to increase the range of products and system solutions for machine safety in Thailand. Customers include companies from the robotics and automation technology, food technology and beverage industry, pharmacy, personal care industry as well as the steel and automotive industries.

Deliveries to Russia are discontinued

07.03.2022 | The management of the Schmersal Group instructed the sales partner for Russia to customers based in Russia for safety switching devices and systems can no longer be supplied.

“In the past, we have worked together with our customers in Russia in a spirit of trust through our sales partner. The step of discontinuing this cooperation for the time being is not easy for us, especially since we are forgoing a sales volume that is noticeable,” comments the managing director Philip Schmersal.

“But we see the need to take a stand. We do not want to contribute to promoting the economy and production of a country that disregards the sovereignty of another country and brings great suffering to its people. and we are appalledthat this is now happening in Europe. I think that I speak not only for the management, but for the entire workforce of the Schmersal Group."

Schmersal has supplied leading mechanical engineering companies and end users in various sectors in Russia – from raw material extraction to the consumer goods industry and automobile production. This collaboration is now suspended. the economic sanctions by German mechanical engineering, encourage us in our decision.

New managing director for subsidiary in China 

01.03.2021 | The Schmersal Group has appointed Michele Seassaro as the new managing director of the Chinese subsidiary in Shanghai. The 52-year-old has been in charge of the since March 1, 2021 Schmersal Industrial Switchgear Co.Ltd. with around 150 employees.  

Michele Seassaro has more than 20 years of international experience in management positions in North Africa, Europe and Asia-Pacific. For the past ten years, he has held senior positions in various Chinese companies in the consumer goods and food industries. Of the Lawyer holds an EMBA from China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) and studied Chinese at Shanghai Jiao Tong University. 

“I would like to bring my many years of management experience, which I have acquired in more than 20 years in various industries and countries, to the company. My goal is to actively contribute to long-term and sustainable sales growth in China by strengthening the entrepreneurial spirit of the talented colleagues who are part of our competent team in Shanghai, ”explains Michele Seassaro

Im production plant Qingpu/Shanghai, which is equipped with the latest environmentally-friendly technology, position switches, safety switches and elevator switching devices are manufactured for the Asian market. An in-house development department modifies existing position switches and other series according to individual customer requirements. The company is also present with many sales offices in the industrial centers of China. 

Who is Schmersal?

The Schmersal Group is a leading international provider of safety technology for machine protection and machine safety. The world's most extensive product portfolio of safety switching devices, safety sensors, safety systems and safety technology solutions such as: B. Safety light curtains meet the special requirements of a wide range of industries. Schmersal GmbH & Co. KG was founded in 1945, the main location is KA Schmersal GmbH & Co. KG in Wuppertal. The company employs 1850 people worldwide and operates seven production sites on three continents as well as its own companies and sales partners in more than 60 nations. The Academy Tec.nicum contributes to the range of solutions with its extensive service program. 

Source: This article is based on information from the Schmersal Group.

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Sylvia Blömker is PR Manager at the Schmersal Group, Wuppertal.