A group of almost 20 automation suppliers and users, including ABB, BP, Emerson, Phoenix Contact, Rockwell Automation, Schneider Electric and Yokogawa, have joined forces to develop a vendor-neutral cyber-security certification system for workers in critical industries.
The Fieldbus Foundation and the Hart Communication Foundation are discussing a possible merger to form a single body dedicated to intelligent device communications in process automation.
Invensy has acquired InduSoft, the Texas-based supplier of HMI and embedded intelligent device software for the automation market. The companies say that, together, they will be able to offer the largest range of industrial automation software products on the market, from HMI and embedded software, to high-end Scada and ERP and MES integration. The financial details of the transaction have not been revealed.
Sales of motors with built-in electronic controls will increase by 40% by 2017, according to a new report from IMS Research, now part of IHS. The study suggests that revenues from these “integrated motors” will reach $553m by 2017, up from less than $400m in 2012.
Sales of industrial robots will fall in Germany, Japan and the UK during 2013, according to the latest analysis by the International Federation of Robotics. However, worldwide sales will rise by 2% to reach 162,000, and the IFR expects global sales to climb by an average of around 6% per year between 2014 and 2016, creating a market for more than 190,000 robots by 2016.
The Swiss mechanical and vehicle engineering group Bucher Industries is buying the German automation specialist Jetter AG in a deal that values Jetter at about €23m. Bucher already has a stake of nearly 30% in Jetter which, in the past two years, has generated about half of its income from sales to Bucher group companies, with most of this coming from Bucher’s Emhart Glass subsidiary, which produces equipment for the glass container industry.
The US-based Colfax Corporation is buying the Global Infrastructure and Industry (GII) business of the Fläkt Woods Group, subject to certain conditions. The deal values GII at €193m, including the assumption of debt.
Molex, the US-based manufacturer of connectors, communications equipment and electronic components, is being bought by Koch Industries, one of the world’s largest private companies, for around $7.2bn. The deal has been approved by both boards of directors.
SKF is buying the US-based bearings and velocity control manufacturer, Kaydon Corporation, for around $1.25bn, including $95m of debt. Kaydon, which makes bearings, velocity control products such as shock absorbers, and other specialised products, had sales worth $475m in 2012, with an operating profit of around 16% and more than 2,100 employees.
The Finnish group Metso is selling parts of its industrial rubber conveyor belt manufacturing business to two German companies, ContiTech’s Conveyor Belt Group and the Lutze Group.
Standard-efficiency IE1 motors still represent a significant portion of revenues in low-voltage (LV) motor markets that are meant to be moving to to higher efficiencies under government mandates.
Allied Motion Technologies is buying the US motor manufacturer Globe Motors on a cash-free, debt-free basis from Safran USA, for around $90m in cash.
The ISA (International Society of Automation) has published a standard that addresses the risks that arise from the growing use of business IT cyber-security measures to address cyber-security in complex and dangerous manufacturing and processing applications.
Sales of low-voltage AC and DC motor drives in Latin America will expand from $420m in 2012 to $595m in 2017 – with a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 7.1% – according to a new forecast from IMS Research, now part of IHS.
A “teeming mass” of Chinese manufacturers of pneumatic valves and actuators is expanding aggressively into the US and European markets, causing a competitive shakeup, according to a new report from the market analyst, IHS.