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Automation Technologies 5/2016

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News and Markets OPC Foundation elects Matt Vasey, Microsoft to Board of Directors The OPC Foundation has elected Microsoft to the Board of Directors of the OPC Foundation, which represents many of the world’s most prominent global suppliers. The new board seat, which will be held by Microsoft Director of IoT Business Development Matt Vasey, is an extension of Microsoft’s support for OPC Foundation since the company first became a member in 1995. Microsoft’s longstanding commitment to interoperability and the OPC Foundation includes the OPC technology portfolio and OPC-UA, active participation in the OPC Foundation technology working groups, and ongoing representation on the OPC Foundation Technical Advisory Council. OPC-UA is an essential component of the connected products that manufacturing customers need today, and it is increasingly seen as an important part of enterprise IoT scenarios and business models. Keba further expands its presence in China Keba is expanding its presence with another location in China. The Austrian company’s fourth location (after Ningbo, Guangzhou and Shanghai) is in Jinan. In close cooperation with the Linz headquarters, customer-specific applications are created, start-ups performed and support of customers is ensured. “Asian customers value close proximity and expertise in their industries, something that Keba guarantees with its own branch offices in these areas,” says Gerhard Luftensteiner, CEO of Keba. In addition to machine manufacturers, the Chinese robotics market has also become increasingly important for the company. In robotics, China is the market that will grow the most in the years to come, aside from the USA, Germany and Japan. Schurter: New subsidiary in Poland Schurter has expanded its presence in Europe by creating a subsidiary in Poland, Schurter Electronics Sp. z o.o. The company plans to strengthen its local presence with the newly opened Polish Sales Agency. They will offer a local design-in centre to support the design in the electronics industry of Poland. “Our decision to expand to Poland was due to the increasing demand for electronic components, which is paying special attention to support our development in this sector,” says Mariusz Duczek, Managging Director of Schurter Electronics Sp. z o.o. Poland has announced ambitious economical targets. This encloses electronics used in automotive, medical devices, renewable energy or generally in industrial applications. This are typically application areas where Schurter offers its extensive expertise. AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES 5/2016

Ups and downs at Endress+Hauser In 2015 Endress+Hauser increased consolidated sales by 6.5 % to more than 2.1 billion Euros. As CFO Dr. Luc Schultheiss pointed out, growth was driven by the effects of foreign exchange rate fluctuations. “All key currencies lost value against the euro. From a local currency standpoint, sales only increased by 0.7 %.” In Swiss francs, the actual reporting currency for the holding company, sales declined by 6.6 %. The business was impacted by slower economic growth in China and sinking raw material prices, in particular the oil price. Political crises and economic uncertainties dampened enthusiasm for investments around the world. According to COO Michael Ziesemer, two large markets – the USA and China – experienced a downswing. Although Germany was in the plus column, the targets fell short. Europe registered robust growth at 1.9 %. Growth in the Americas (7.3 %) and Asia (13.8 %) reflected primarily currency fluctuations, despite the dynamics in India. In contrast, increasing sales in Africa and the Middle East (13.1 %) are a testament to the actual momentum. the-chain ... moving energy made easy igus ® Top for robots Save time & increase reliability... triflex ® TRCF for maximum robot reliability: 3-chamber system for large hoses and cables. Easy to open using a screwdriver and easy to lengthen and shorten. Now 25% more push-pull strength. Available in sizes 65, 85, 100 Ø, and in dresspack modules. Video at plastics for longer life from 24 h ® From single components to turnkey engineering solutions for your industry – igus ® the-chain Free Sample: Tel. +49-2203-9649-800 igus-Englisch.indd 1 05.10.2016 13:05:37 AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGIES 5/2016