B&R is now ABB‘s global centre for machine and factory automation. Following approval by EU competition authorities, the acquisition became legally effective on 6 July 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,” said Wimmer on announcing finalisation 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.
“ABB and B&R are united in their innovation and customer focus,” added Terwiesch. “These will be central factors as we evolve together going forward.” 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 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.
“We will be investing heavily in expanding our R&D infrastructure and adding production capacity,” concluded Wimmer.