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W RLDWIDE NEWS Wika acquires Hirschmann MCS With the acquisition of Hirschmann Mobile Machine Control Solutions (MCS), the Wika Group is enlarging its corporate portfolio for applications in the field of mobile working machines. The new business unit will operate under the name of “Wika Mobile Control”. The establishment of this business unit will make it possible to offer a much broader and more flexible range of tailored application solutions from one source. Wika’s product and application com petence in pressure, temperature and force measurement will be supplemented by the experience and know-how of Hirschmann MCS in system integration and safety applications in the demanding arena of mobile working machines. DP World is upgrading two Konecranes RTGs to remote operation The DP World Yarimca container terminal, one of the largest container terminals in Turkey, will upgrade two of its Konecranes RTGs to test the viability of remote operation. DP World Yarimca’s Konecranes RTG cranes are electrically powered by cable reel systems. They are already equipped with safetyenhancing and operator-assisting features such as Stack Collision Prevention, Trailer Lift Prevention, Auto-Truck Guiding and Auto-Positioning. They are also equipped with Auto-TOS Reporting. This will make the upgrade to remote operation relatively easy, involving the installation of two Remote Operating Stations (ROSs). The upgraded RTGs will be remotely operated from two Remote Operating Stations (ROSs). NEWS AND MARKETS SSI Schaefer implements logistics center for pharmaceutical products Postnord TPL AB, a provider of communication and logistics solutions in Scandinavia, and Apotek Hjärtat AB, opted for SSI Schaefer to provide the intralogistics for their central pharmaceutical logistics center in Norrköping, Sweden. The project includes material flow planning and a logistics concept, as well as equipping different warehouse areas with automated systems, corresponding picking strategies and comprehensive software support. The solution has also been designed for picking e-commerce orders. SSI Schaefer implements a solution for a turnkey system with efficient automation systems including the automatic picking system A-Frame, the one-level shuttle system Cuby and the Schäfer Carousel System. 6 WORLD OF INDUSTRIES 2018

Kuebler celebrates its 10 years in India Escha’s expansion in China The Escha Group is expanding its capacities in China making room for more growth. The connector- and housing specialist opened a 2,800 m 2 administration- and production building in Shanghai. Escha has been operating with an own sales- and production company in China since 2013 mainly supplying the Asian market with about fifty employees. By relocating to the new site, Escha is reacting to the strong company- and market growth of recent years. Currently, Escha disposes of production capacities in Germany, Czech Republic, and China. Thus, the family company ensures a high availability of its products on important markets in Europe and Asia. The Kübler Group, one of the leading sensor specialists worldwide celebrated its 10 years in India. In addition to the 10 years celebration, this year’s program also included the relocation in a newly constructed building. With more than 40 employees and 1,200 m 2 of office and production space, the company grew to an important cornerstone for the Kübler Group. Since its foundation, more than 300,000 encoders have left the local production, and today, the company even reaches a production of 70,000 encoders yearly. The products, which are developed and manufactured in India, are sold mainly on the Asian market. They offer an outstanding price/ performance ratio, as the well-known robustness of Kübler products is guaranteed. Dellner acquires Pintsch Bubenzer Sweden’s Dellner Group with its subsidiary Dellner Brakes has signed an agreement to acquire German industrial braking manufacturer Pintsch Bubenzer (Image) in a deal that will pave the way for the companies’ rapid global expansion. This acquisition is being carried out in partnership with investment company Active Ownership Capital and comes just four months after Dellner Brakes acquired US brake and clutch company Gummi USA. It is a significant step in the Swedish company’s focused ambition to become the world’s leading supplier of brakes and related power transmission products. Schaeffler reports strong growth in 4 th quarter of 2017 Schaeffler announced its preliminary revenue figures for 2017. The company increased its revenue to approximately 14 billion €, growing by 5.9 % at constant currency. Fourth quarter revenue rose to approximately 3.5 billion €, up 8.5 % at constant currency. This represents one of the highest quarterly growth rates the company has generated in recent years. Both of the company’s divisions have delivered more than 5 % rise in the revenues, with automotive division increasing its revenue to 10.9 billion €, and the industrial division to approximately 3.1 billion €. All regions of the Schaeffler Group contributed to the increase in revenue with Greater China once again turned in the highest growth rate of 24.1 %, Asia/Pacific was up 5.7 %, Americas 4.6 %, while Europe expanded by 1.4 % at constant currency. WORLD OF INDUSTRIES 2018 7