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Swiss group buys German automation firm Jetter in €23m deal

16 September, 2013

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.

Colfax buys Fläkt Woods’ industrial fans business

10 September, 2013

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.

Koch Industries buys connector-maker Molex for $7.2bn

10 September, 2013

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 Kaydon Corporation for $1.25bn

06 September, 2013

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.

Metso sells belts businesses to German pair

03 September, 2013

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.

Lack of enforcement and exemptions sustain IE1 motor sales

27 August, 2013

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 buys Globe for $90m to double in size

23 August, 2013

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.

Cyber-security standard tackles risks of using IT measures

21 August, 2013

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.

Latin American drives growth drops from double-digit highs

20 August, 2013

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.

China is causing a ‘shakeup’ in the pneumatics market

16 August, 2013

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.

Motion control sales fell by 6.8% in first half of 2013

13 August, 2013

Global shipments of motion control products fell by 6.8% in the first half of 2013, according to statistics released by the industry trade group, the Motion Control Association (MCA). 

China’s rare-earth producers face a series of setbacks

13 August, 2013

It appears that Chinese attempts to restrict its exports of rare-earth materials and to raise their prices may have backfired. Exports last year were more than 40% down on their peak levels, prices have dropped, some producers have gone out of business, and illegal mines and smugglers are thriving.

McMaken succeeds Tsavalas as Eaton’s EMEA president

08 August, 2013

Eaton has appointed Kurt McMaken as its EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) region president. He succeeds Yannis Tsavalas who has been president since 2009 and is moving on to a new role as senior vice-president for strategic initiatives in Eaton’s electrical sector.

Almost half of automation sales are now in Asia-Pacific

08 August, 2013

The Asia-Pacific region spends more on industrial automation products than anywhere else in the world, with 46% of global expenditure in 2012 – equivalent to $76.6bn – says a new report from IMS Research, now part of IHS.

Rockwell launches three-pronged cyber-security plan

05 August, 2013

Rockwell Automation has announced an initiative to help manufacturers to cut risks to their control systems from cyber-security threats. The initiative aims to help automation and IT professionals to secure industrial processes more effectively using a combination of control system design, best practices, technologies and services from Rockwell and its strategic partners, including Cisco.

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