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B&R has become ABB's global center for machine and factory automation

10 July 2017

Following approval by EU competition authorities, the acquisition of B&R by ABB became legally effective on July 6, 2017. B&R will operate as an independent business unit within the ABB Group's Industrial Automation division.

We are told that B&R's primary focus will stay centered on the OEM market, accompanied by expansions to its factory automation portfolio. B&R will also intensify its activities in the IIoT arena and will expand on ABB's digital solutions.

ABB has said that it will invest in a new R&D center at B&R headquarters in Eggelsberg, Austria, as well as expanding capacity at a nearby production facility. Additionally, the technical office in Salzburg is being expanded to make room for 50 new developers in the areas of control, motion control and Industrial IoT communication.

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