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ABB to Acquire B&R



ABB announced the acquisition of B&R, an independent provider focused on product and software based, open-architecture solutions for machine and factory automation worldwide. B&R, founded in 1979 by Erwin Bernecker and Josef Rainer is headquartered in Eggelsberg, Austria, employs more than 3,000 people, including about 1,000 R&D and application engineers. It operates across 70 countries, generating sales of more than $600 million (2015/16) in the machine and factory automation market segment. The combination will result in a comprehensive offering for customers of industrial automation, by pairing B&R's innovative products, software and solutions for modern machine and factory automation with ABB's offering in robotics, process automation, digitalization and electrification.

"Through the acquisition, ABB expands its leadership in industrial automation and will be uniquely positioned to seize growth opportunities resulting from the Fourth Industrial Revolution," said a company spokesperson. "In addition, ABB takes a major step in expanding its digital offering by combining its portfolio of digital solutions, ABB Ability, with B&R's application and software platforms, its large installed base, customer access and tailored automation solutions."

"B&R is a gem in the world of machine and factory automation and this combination is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer. "This transaction marks a true milestone for ABB, as B&R will close the historic gap within ABB's automation offering. This is a perfect fit and will make us the only industrial automation provider offering customers the entire spectrum of technology and software solutions around measurement, control, actuation, robotics, digitalization and electrification. This acquisition perfectly delivers on our Next Level strategy. With our unique digital offering and our installed base of more than 70 million connected devices, 70,000 control systems and now more than 3 million automated machines and 27,000 factory installations around the world, we enable our combined global customer base to seize the huge opportunities of the Fourth Industrial Revolution."

"This combination offers fantastic opportunities for B&R, its customers and employees," said Josef Rainer, co-founder of B&R. "We are convinced that ABB offers the best platform for the next chapter of our growth story. ABB's global presence, digital offering and complementary portfolio will be key for us to further accelerate our pace of innovation and growth."

"This is a strong signal for our employees as our operations in Eggelsberg will become ABB's global center for machine and factory automation," said Erwin Bernecker, co-founder of B&R. "The most important thing to me is that the companies and their people fit so well together and that our founding location will play such a key role."

With the acquisition, ABB will expand its industrial automation offering by integrating B&R's innovative products in PLC, Industrial PCs and servo motion as well as its software and solution suite. ABB will offer its customers a uniquely comprehensive, open-architecture automation portfolio.

For more information contact:

ABB

16250 W. Glendale Drive

New Berlin, WI 53151

800-752-0696

www.abb.com

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