Category: Industrial Automation

A Decade After the Financial Crisis, How Has Manufacturing & Machinery Production Faired in the EU?

A Decade After the Financial Crisis, Has EU Manufacturing & Machinery Recovered?

Total EU manufacturing production peaked in 2008, at a little over €4.9 trillion, before the effects of the financial crisis were seen. What happened next...

/ September 21, 2017

What’s behind the robust growth in industrial robots?

Recent industry figures for industrial robots have once again put the market in the spotlight. So much so, the topic has remained a key theme...

/ September 18, 2017
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Softbank to Acquire Robotics Division from Alphabet: our take

The details Late last week it was announced, without much ceremony, that Softbank Group would be acquiring Boston Dynamics and Schaft, collectively the robotics division...

/ June 12, 2017
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Softbank’s Investment in OSIsoft

In short: great synergies, but execution will be key Last week it was announced that Softbank Group had made an investment in OSIsoft by acquiring...

/ June 6, 2017
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Google arrives just in IoT(ime)

Last month we wrote about Alphabet’s (and its subsidiaries) lack of presence in the industrial IoT space, this despite being suitably qualified and it being...

/ May 25, 2017
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Clouds everywhere at Hannover, but IT’s ok

Industrial IoT, Industry 4.0, Manufacturing Digitalization, or whatever phrase you might hear is a big trend. Unsurprisingly, this was a major theme at this year’s...

/ May 4, 2017
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Is Alphabet late to the industrial IoT party?

If you were at Hannover Messe 2017, you won’t have missed the very visible presence of IT companies – Microsoft, SAP, Amazon Web Services, Cisco,...

/ May 4, 2017
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ABB to acquire B&R Automation – Our view

ABB to acquire B&R (Bernecker + Rainer Industrie-Elektronik GmbH) for an undisclosed sum to close ABB’s historic gap in machine and factory automation. Key points...

/ April 19, 2017
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Intelligent Automation – a Boon for Industrial Automation Vendors?

Intelligent Automation is an emerging trend of extraordinary scope and implication. Consequently, we are seeing the term being applied to a broad array of industries...

/ April 18, 2017