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Schaeffler buys Belgian start-up Aerosint SA
With the acquisition of the Belgian start-up Aerosint SA from Desktop Metal, Schaeffler is strengthening its know-how in additive manufacturing, especially in multi-material 3D printing.
Siemens will invest half a billion in the USA in 2023
Siemens is investing more than $2023 million in the US in 500, including a new high-tech manufacturing facility in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas.
Over $500 million for Aleph Alpha's artificial intelligence development
A broad consortium of industry and investors is investing more than $0,5 billion in cutting-edge AI research from Aleph Alpha.
Jörg Scheer becomes Managing Director of Harting Customized Solutions
The industrial engineer Jörg Scheer was appointed to the management of Harting Customized Solutions Management GmbH in October.
Factories for the AI ​​industrial revolution
Nvidia AI, Drive AV, Isaac Robotics and Omniverse Platforms lay the foundation for Foxconn AI and Robotics Systems. This is intended to accelerate the digitalization of industries worldwide.


Best Managed Company 2023

31.05.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX | the Schmersal Group is awarded "Best Managed Company 2023". The consulting and auditing company Deloitte Private presented the award together with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the Federation of German Industries (BDI). 

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Harting also 2023 Company of the Year

20.03.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX | Harting was once again named Company of the Year. Germany test and Focus Money have chosen the technology group as the industry winner in the Electronic Components category for the second time in a row. 

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Included in the DJSI World Index for the 2nd time

23.02.2023 | Dassault Systèmes is included in the DJSI World Index for the second time in a row. This puts the company among the top 2% of software companies and ranks fourth out of 1 places. It has also been awarded the "AAA" Leader rating by MSCI and the "Platinum Medal" by Eco Vadis. 

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87% of employees recommend Turck as an employer

26.01.2023 | the Turck Group has qualified for the Kununu Top Company Seal 2023. The automation specialist was then once again recognized for its attractiveness as an employer and was among the 5% most popular employers on Kununu. 

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Company takeovers and mergers

Schaeffler buys Belgian start-up Aerosint SA

Oct 26.10.2023, XNUMX | The Motion Technology Company Schaeffler is strengthening its know-how in the additive manufacturing. The company acquires the Belgian start-up Aerosint SA from Desktop metal, a leading US manufacturer of innovative 3D Printsystems. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the details of the transaction.

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PTC acquires Pure Systems

09.10.2023 | PTC has taken over today Pure Systems announced, a leading provider of solutions for the management of product and software variants. Manufacturing companies use the Pure Variants solution to manage the different variants of software and systems engineering assets across their product configurations.

PTC and Pure-Systems had already worked together before the takeover. The software is already in the code beamer Application lifecycle management (ALM) solution from PTC integrated. It complements these as well as the Windchill Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions.

Jim Heppelmann, Chairman and CEO of PTC, said: “Manufacturers are increasingly turning to software to differentiate their products and develop different versions of their products to meet the full range of customer needs. In particular, automakers investing heavily in software-defined vehicles need tightly integrated ALM and software variant management solutions to plan and deliver the different software configurations across their entire vehicle lineup."

Danilo Beuche, CEO of Pure-Systems says: “PTC shares our focus on this critical need for companies producing complex, regulated products, as well as the importance of an open ecosystem approach.

Schaeffler invests in AI-based software development

Sep 27.09.2023, XNUMX | Cooperating on the way to the digital factory Schaeffler with the software start-up for several years Up2parts GmbH. Now the company has announced a stake in the German start-up. Thomas Krämer takes over joint management with the previous CEO Marco Bauer. 

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Heraeus sells Noblelight to Excelitas Technologies

Sep 15.09.2023, XNUMX | The Heraeus Group is selling its specialty lighting business Heraeus to the US-based one Excelitas Technologies Corp. Excelitas will acquire all shares of Heraeus Noblelight. “This agreement will further support the continued growth of Heraeus Noblelight,” emphasized Jan Rinnert, CEO of Heraeus. The transaction is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. Michael Ersoni from Excelitas sees great potential in combining both technology offerings to serve the market with innovative solutions.

Heraeus Noblelight is one of the global market and technology leaders for Special light sources in the wavelength range from ultraviolet to infrared. The company develops and manufactures lamps, Spotlights and. They are used in industrial processes such as hardening, drying or shaping, in analytical Measurement Technology and Medical Technology as well as in the disinfection and treatment of air and water.

Heraeus Noblelight, a global leader in the field of special light sources, is based in Germany and employs around 850 employees cost worldwide.

RS Group acquires Distrelec

03.07.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX | the RS Group plc announced the acquisition of Distrelec BV completed for €365m. Distrelec BV is a digitally oriented high-service distributor for industrial, maintenance and repair products and articles (MRO) and serves around 180.000 customers in 19 countries. The acquisition expands RS' presence in continental Europe, particularly in Germany, Switzerland and Sweden. Headquartered in Manchester, UK, Distrelec employs 400 people and operates 12 sales offices across Europe. With a comparable product range, Distrelec complements the RS Group and increases sales in the DACH region by 40% and in Scandinavia by 80%. 

Nadella acquisition expands product portfolio - interview

27.06.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX | After Rollon took over the Nadella Group in April, the solution provider exhibited at the Automatica already joint products. Rüdiger Knevels, CEO of the Rollon Group, gives us an interview behind the scenes of the next portfolio expansion.

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Timken Group acquires Nadella

04.05.2023 | On April 04, 2023, the Timken Company announced the acquisition of Nadella group completed. Nadella is a leading manufacturer of, among other things, linear guides, telescopic rails, linear axes, ball screws, is based in Italy and employs 450 people.

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Pepperl+Fuchs acquires Witt Sensoric

03.01.2022/XNUMX/XNUMX | the Witt Sensorics GmbH from Berlin will become part of Pepperl+Fuchs SE on January 1, 2022. Witt Sensoric specializes in the development and production of security sensors for gates. With this, the company wants to expand and strengthen our position in the field of access automation.

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business results

Fiscal year 2022 at Eberspächer

24.05.2023/2022/XNUMX | In the XNUMX financial year, which was characterized by economic challenges, the Eberspächer Group pushed ahead with its transformation. Despite strong demand and double-digit growth in net sales, earnings were negative.

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Fiscal year 2022 at igus

18.04.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX | Even if the last few years Igus faced with the challenges of the pandemic, the Ukraine war and the energy crisis, the Cologne-based company did not allow itself to be prevented from growing. The company now employs around 4600 people at 31 locations and serves over 188.000 customers from over 50 industries worldwide. 

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Jumo sets the course for future growth

16.02.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX | Despite the difficult environment, the Jumo Group will continue on its successful course in 2022 and has also developed positively in 2022 despite an increasingly challenging market environment. For the first time in the company's 75-year history, consolidated sales have risen to over EUR 300 million. 

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Pepperl+Fuchs generates sales of EUR 1 billion for the first time

24.01.2023/2022/XNUMX | Just in time for Christmas Eve XNUMX, the board of Pepperl + Fuchs good news on its own behalf: For the first time in its 77-year company history, the Pepperl+Fuchs Group from Mannheim has managed to generate annual sales of EUR 1 billion worldwide.

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Great interest in carbon footprint tracking

10.01.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX | the Ecospeed AG can look back on a very good financial year and is planning further growth for 2023. This development is fueled by the industrial business. Many companies are looking for solutions to reduce CO2-Determine the footprint of your products and processes. 

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Company anniversaries and anniversaries

Koco Group celebrates double anniversary

17.04.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX | The Koco group of companies is celebrating not just one, but two anniversaries this year. The koco Motion GmbH is now celebrating its 20th company anniversary on the 22nd anniversary after a two-year delay, while the Coco Automotive GmbH looks back on its 10th anniversary.

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60th anniversary of Siko GmbH

05.04.2023 | In 2023 the Siko GmbH celebrates its 60th company anniversary. The specialist for sensors and positioning systems suitable for Industry 4.0, based in Buchenbach, offers angle measuring systems, length measuring systems and positioning systems for industrial applications such as mechanical engineering. 

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10 years of Phoenix Contact E-Mobility

17.03.2023/100/XNUMX | In the XNUMXth year of the company's existence Phoenix Contact the e-mobility subsidiary celebrates its tenth anniversary. Started as a start-up with 23 employees in Schieder-Schwalenberg in 2013, the company has become a global player for charging technology for the eMobility  

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75 years of Jumo with its own anniversary beer

16.02.2023/75/XNUMX | For his XNUMXth company anniversary Jumo come up with something very special: their own anniversary beer brewed on a highly efficient brewing system specially developed and manufactured for this purpose, in which the Jumo products relevant to the brewing industry are installed. 

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125 years of Mayr drive technology – interview

09.11.2022 | After the 125th company anniversary year of Chr. Mayr GmbH & Co. KG in Mauerstetten is slowly coming to an end, it starts Fernandand Mayr, Managing Partner, in his new position. In this interview at the SPS in Nuremberg, he tells us where he sees the family business going in the future.

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New builds and new openings

Siemens will invest half a billion in the USA in 2023

November 24.11.2023, XNUMX | Siemens has an investment of $150 million to a new high-tech manufacturing facility in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas. This is intended to support the power supply of data centers and highly relevant infrastructure in the USA. The factory will produce state-of-the-art, reliable and efficient electrical components.

The growth of data centers in the USA is accelerating and is driven by the rapidly increasing use of generative technologies Artificial intelligence. It also ensures the operation of the critical infrastructure. Siemens expects demand in this area to increase by 2030% annually until the end of 10. 

“There has never been a better time to invest in highly relevant electrical infrastructure and green mobility to strengthen the backbone of the American economy. Our expansion of U.S. capacity supports demand in growth industries and progress toward decarbonization,” says Roland Busch, CEO of Siemens AG. “With this step, Siemens is completing its two billion euro investment strategy for 2023, which aims to achieve growth, innovation and resilience worldwide.”

This year, Siemens announced an investment of EUR $220 million in a new railway technology plant in Lexington, North Carolina, which is intended to strengthen infrastructure and mobility in the USA. The company is also investing in two electrical products plants in Grand Prairie, Texas, and Pomona, California. This means that total investments in the USA this year will reach USD 510 million, creating around 1700 jobs at Siemens. All of these projects are part of a global investment initiative worth EUR 2 billion aimed at growth, innovation and resilience.

Rittal Application Center opens in Gera

Sep 25.09.2023, 21 | On September XNUMXst Rittal the new Application Center open to customers in Gera. It has been operating since April switch cabinet Manufacturers already have a pre-assembly center here and thus support users with pre-assembled VX25 Ri4Power Power distribution systems and assembled copper rails to quickly set up your systems.

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Fabrik Automation gets new factory in India

29.08.2023/21,8/XNUMX | The Mitsubishi Electric Corporation wants around XNUMX million euros in its subsidiary Mitsubishi Electric India Pvt. ltd will invest. A new production site in India is planned. It is scheduled to go into operation in December 2023.

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Innovation center for mechatronics opened

03.07.2023 | Artificial intelligence and the digital transformation are currently in the starting blocks. In order to advance the development here, Mitsubishi Electric a new European Innovation and Technology Center (ITC) opened in Ratingen.

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Groundbreaking for new production plant in Bangalore

25.04.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX | The management of Eberspächer and Mayor Pencho Milkov jointly held the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new production plant in Ruse, Bulgaria. In the coming months, a new building with an area of ​​17.000 m² will be built in the Slatina industrial area. 

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Startups and start-ups

Founded a technology center for semiconductor measurement technology

17.07.2023 | Applied materials, Inc. and the Fraunhofer Institute for Photonic Microsystems IPMS are working together to open a major technology center for semiconductor metrology and process analysis in Europe. The technology center will be located in the Center Nanoelectronic Technologies (CNT) of the Fraunhofer IPMS in Dresden.

Applied Materials supplies the Veritysem CD-SEM system (a critical dimension scanning electron microscope) and provides support from engineers and R&D experts. The aim of the technology center is to accelerate learning cycles and the development of new applications in Europe by testing and qualifying processes on different substrate materials and wafer thicknesses.

Turck founds national company in Sweden

12.06.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX | The previous Swedish sales office of Turck has been trading as Turck AB since April 1, with its registered office in Jonsered near Gothenburg. With the founding of its own national company in Sweden, the Global Automation Partner is continuing on its course towards globalization. José Ramalho is the managing director.

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Personal reports

Jörg Scheer becomes Managing Director of Harting Customized Solutions

25.10.2023 | Jörg Scheer was added to the management board on October 1, 2023 Harting Customized Solutions Management GmbH. The industrial engineer and previously held various management positions in the Connectivity-Industry busy.

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Heinz Schmersal receives an honorary doctorate

25.09.2023 | Heinz Schmersal received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Economics - Schumpeter School of Business and Economics at the University of Wuppertal. In doing so, the university recognizes, among other things, his commitment to an exchange between practice and science.

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Jürgen Erkert strengthens management at Murrelektronik

01.09.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX | Murrelektronik, the automation specialist based in Oppenweiler, has appointed Jürgen Erkert, previously Director Finance & Accounting, as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for the companies Murrelektronik GmbH and MEG Murrelektronik GmbH holdings.

Jürgen Erkert has many years of experience in the field of finance. Before he switched to Murrelektronik in August 2020, the trained business economist (VWA) at AMK Holding GmbH & Co. KG as Director Finance & Administration.

At the management consultancy Bachert & Partner, a management consultancy specializing in transformation processes in medium-sized companies, he advised companies as a senior consultant and project manager for eight years. He can look back on other managerial positions at Dialog AG and at Ernst & Young.

Bernhard Juchheim receives the Hessian Order of Merit

Bernhard Juchheim14.08.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX | The Hessian Finance Minister Michael Boddenberg has the entrepreneur Bernhard Juchheim, shareholder of Jumo-Group of companies and long-time President of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) Fulda, awarded the Hessian Order of Merit with ribbon. 

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Jiang Ye is the new CSO at Hawe Hydraulics

25.07.2023/1/2023 | Leads since July XNUMX, XNUMX Jiang Ye at Hawe Hydraulics SE as CSO (Chief Sales Officer) the board department for market relationship management. Since January 2021 he has been the regional director for the APAC area. In addition, his area of ​​responsibility will be expanded to include global regional sales.

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Sebastian Brand is the new CFO at Hawe Hydraulics

25.07.2023/1/2023 | Since July XNUMX, XNUMX, there has been a new appointment for the position of Management Board member responsible for finance, accounting, controlling, compliance, taxes, law and IT (CFO) at Hawe Hydraulics SE. Sebastian Brand, an experienced finance professional, is the new member. 

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Jörg Kraus is the new sales manager for Germany

18.07.2023/1/XNUMX | On July XNUMX, Jörg Kraus assumed responsibility for national sales activities in the Schmersal group taken over. Among other things, he is responsible for the implementation and further development of the sales strategy and the optimization of the sales processes. 

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Sascha Zaps is the new Chief Industrial Officer

26.05.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX | The board of directors Schaeffler AG has appointed Sascha Zaps (1) to the Executive Board of Schaeffler AG and to the new Executive Board member for Industrial with effect from May 2024, 48. He follows Dr. Stefan Spindler (61), who will not extend his contract for reasons of age. 

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Ms. Schaeffler-Thumann resigns from the Supervisory Board

03.03.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX | Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler-Thumann will resign from the Supervisory Board due to age at the end of the Annual General Meeting on April 20, 2023: "The last three decades of my life have been shaped by my commitment to the company Schaeffler...", comments Ms. Schaeffler-Thumann.

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Michael Koch GmbH expands management

02.02.2023 | Michael Koch GmbH has Fabian Hofmann appointed managing director. Since the beginning of the year, the previous authorized signatory has been part of the company's management. Mr. Hofmann assumes overall responsibility for all operational areas. 

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Changes in the Gimatic organization

24.01.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX | Thomas Trefzer, Managing Director of Gimatic, has implemented the "one or the other optimization potential" that he had announced when he took office almost a year ago. The team is strengthened by two new sales representatives. Maximilian Moesl and Torsten Dickhut.

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A special person says goodbye

23.01.2023/96/XNUMX | At the age of XNUMX is Fritz Mayer passed away peacefully on 18.01.23/XNUMX/XNUMX surrounded by his closest confidants. The family business mourns the loss of its esteemed senior boss, who was Managing Director of Mayr Antriebstechnik for over half a century. 

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Manina Kettler is the new CFO at Minebea Intec

11.01.2023/40/XNUMX | Manina Kettler (XNUMX) has been Chief Financial Officer (CFO) since the beginning of the year Minebea Intec. She is responsible for the areas of accounting, controlling treasury, IT and administration. Previously, this responsibility lay directly with Hidenori Shimosako, CEO of Minebea Intec. 

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environment and sustainability

Igus supports the Sailwind 4 project at Konstanz University

Oct 09.10.2023, 4 | Igus supports the Sailwind XNUMX project run by students at the HTWG University of Konstanz. The students of the HTWG University of Konstanz – In their Sailwind 4 project, technology, business and design rely on small windmills to generate green electricity.

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Igus supports Rheinkrake in collecting plastic waste

Oct 09.10.2023, XNUMX | Intercepting plastic before it ends up in the sea: This is what the Rheinkrake initiative does, which is supported by the plastics specialist Igus. Cologne's floating garbage trap Rhine Cleanup Command Unit (KRAKE eV) fishes waste out of the Rhine around the clock.

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Kipp signs WIN charter for special sustainability

Kipp Win Charter Initiative14.02.2023/XNUMX/XNUMX | That Heinrich Kipp work and the Tilt CCS have signed the Baden-Württemberg initiative WIN-Charta. Within this framework, small and medium-sized companies undertake to act particularly sustainably on the basis of 12 defined principles. 

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Source: This article is based on company reports and further information from the companies mentioned in the individual sections. 

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Angela Struck

Angela Struck is a freelance journalist and managing director of the Presse Service Büro GbR in Ried.