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SEW aims to be global leader in industrial gearboxes

21 October, 2013

The German industrial motion giant SEW-Eurodrive has set itself the goal of becoming the global market-leader in large industrial gearboxes within ten years. It currently lies in second place behind Siemens/Flender and expects to double its existing market share to capture pole position.

Revealing this goal in Germany recently, Helmut Holz, manager of SEW’s heavy industrial solutions business, said that the company wants to position itself as “the first choice” for heavy industrial gearboxes and to be recognised as “the premium supplier” of industrial gear systems.

SEW believes that it can become number one by growing organically. It is not planning to make any acquisitions.

Central to its strategy is an industrial gear plant in Bruchsal, Germany, which started production in 2009 and has been ramping up output and efficiency ever since. The plant covers a total area of 60,000m2 and now employs more than 300 people producing bevel and helical gears as well as shafts and housings.

SEW also has gear manufacturing plants in China, Brazil, Finland, and the Czech Republic, and assembly centres in nine other countries.

SEW's portfolio includes planetary gearboxes

The company believes that this global presence and worldwide service network, coupled with its strong brand and “best in class” delivery performance and reliability, will also be important factors in achieving its goal of global leadership in industrial gears.

It plans to target specific industries including: mining, minerals and materials handling; metal production; sugar and alcohol; the food industry; and energy and environmental applications, such as cooling towers.    

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