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News aus der Elektroindustrie

24
Mar

Rexel has acquired a minority stake of 25% in Trace Software International,...

Rexel has acquired a minority stake of 25% in Trace Software International, a company specializing in the design and calculation of non-residential buildings, and 100% in Freshmile Services, an independent operator of charging stations for electric vehicles.

Trace Software International:

Rexel  has acquired a minority stake of 25% in Trace Software International, a French company founded in 1990 that specializes in software for non-residential buildings and industries such as energy. This minority stake goes along with a commercial partnership to accelerate the Rexel sales force's transition to selling more software and recurring services. With this investment, Rexel is strengthening its offering for non-residential buildings and completes its offering of residential buildings.

Freshmile Services:

Freshmile Services was founded in 2016 and is one of the leading providers of charging stations for electric vehicles in Europe. The company manages more than 8,000 charging points and offers services to more than 50,000 EV-drivers who can access 100,000 charging points in roaming. The company operates in France with 25 employees and generates income through an efficient subscription fee model.

The acquisition of Freshmile offers Rexel improved development opportunities in the rapidly growing e-mobility business. With this acquisition, Rexel is developing into a service provider for the remote management of objects in the field of energy efficiency. In addition, Rexel can continue to leverage its range of e-mobility solutions, including EV charging stations, and now offers an end-to-end solution for this attractive business, including training, financing and subsidizing. Rexel also wants to use its global network to develop and expand the business internationally.

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Weidmüller expects record sales of over EUR 730 m in 2017. The final result will be presented.......

Weidmüller expects record sales of over EUR 730 m in 2017. The final result will be presented.......

as always at the Hanover Fair in April.

An ever-increasing share of sales is accounted for by products that have only emerged in the last 5 years.

Weidmüller continues to invest in Detmold as well as in Paderborn with a view to the innovative environment there. Also, investing worldwide, e.g. in North America, India and Taiwan in order to take advantage of the opportunities there too.

In total, Weidmüller employs nearly 4,700 people worldwide, of which about 1,800 work at the headquarters in Detmold.
 

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As the German Federal Statistics Office has reported, German industrial companies with 20 and more employees.............

As the German Federal Statistics Office has reported, German industrial companies with 20 and more employees.............

invested EUR 57.7 bn in fixed assets in the year 2014, which was about EUR 1.2 bn (+ 2,1 %) more than in the year 2013.

There was a drop compared to 2013 in investments in fixed assets particularly in metal production and processing (– 7.3 % to EUR 2.7 bn) and in the manufacture of data processing equipment, electronic and optical products (– 14.1 % to EUR 2.2 bn).

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The Austrian subsidiary of the Swiss electrical firm ABB is moving from Vienna to Wiener Neudorf in Lower Austria, where robot manufacturing is already located with its 40m employees.

The Austrian subsidiary of the Swiss electrical firm ABB is moving from Vienna to Wiener Neudorf in Lower Austria, where robot manufacturing is already located with its 40m employees.

The high rental costs in the Business Park Vienna were the main argument against remaining in the capital, but in addition the company has the benefit of an optimal infrastructure in Lower Austria.

At the new location building is proceeding in two stages. The ground will be broken for the first building stage in five months and an investment amount of EUR 6.8 m has been set aside for this. A second extension phase can then follow later, but up until now there are no concrete plans for it.

The completion of the new company complex is planned for the first half of 2017, when 90 people will be employed in the new Austrian headquarters.

ABB Österreich operates mainly in the energy technology and automation sectors, employing about 400 people and making a turnover of EUR 156 m last year.

Since 2009 the chairman of ABB AG Österreich has been Franz Chalupecky, who expects a recovery in the industrial segment this year, but on the other hand does not think that growth will be possible in the energy sector.

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Leoni, a supplier of cables and cable systems for the automobile sector and other industries, has bought a property on the industrial estate in Roth near Nuremberg.

Leoni, a supplier of cables and cable systems for the automobile sector and other industries, has bought a property on the industrial estate in Roth near Nuremberg.

Since its tradition-steeped manufacturing location in the centre of Roth did not allow for any further possibilities of development, it was decided to build anew at the edge of the town, thus creating additional production capacities, as well as more efficient processes and modern workplaces.

On the 134,000 m² new property there will rise Europe’s most modern cable works, with buildings covering a total area of 48,000 m². At the same time this “factory of the future” will not only provide a state-of-the-art production facility, but also a competence and service centre for the whole Wire & Cable Solutions division. A laboratory and development centre as well as an apprenticeship and in-service training centre are also planned.

Building is envisaged to begin in mid-2016, whereupon from early 2018 ongoing production could then be transferred step by step to the new works. The complete move into the “factory of the future” is planned for early 2019.

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The group is building a new production plant and extending its customer centre in the region of Memphis/Tennessee.

The group is building a new production plant and extending its customer centre in the region of Memphis/Tennessee.

The investment of USD 30 m (EUR 26.8 m) will create more than 200 jobs in its initial phase, with a further 100 jobs possibly being added in the next five years.

The activities are part of the “Next-Level” strategy, which envisages a broadening of the product range in the low-voltage division in the USA.

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