B&R now ABB's Global Center for Machine and Factory Automation
B&R is now ABB's global center for machine and factory automation. Following approval by EU competition authorities, the acquisition became legally effective on July 6, 2017. B&R will operate as an independent business unit within the ABB Group's Industrial Automation division. Division President Peter Terwiesch and B&R Managing Director Hans Wimmer announced an array of investments that will strengthen R&D activities and expand production capacity.
"Building close relationships with our customers is and remains essential to who we are as a company," affirms Wimmer on announcing finalization of the acquisition process. "We will continue to work hand-in-hand with our customers to develop the most innovative solutions, and they will see no changes in their day-to-day points of contact." B&R's primary focus will stay centered on the OEM market, accompanied by expansions to its factory automation portfolio. With B&R building on ABB's global presence and complementary offerings, customers will see substantial benefits from the merger. B&R will also be intensifying its activities in the Industrial IoT arena and expanding on ABB's industry-leading portfolio of digital solutions.
Ensuring its ability to handle the steadily increasing demand for B&R's advanced solutions, ABB is investing in a new R&D center at B&R headquarters in Eggelsberg, Austria, as well as expanded production capacity a few kilometers away in Gilgenberg. Additionally, the technical office in Salzburg is being expanded to make room for 50 new developers in the areas of control, motion control and Industrial IoT communication.
B&R Industrie-Elektronik GmbH
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