Pepperl+Fuchs acquires mobile explosion protection pioneer ecom instruments

Addition of ecom will bring intrinsically safe mobile computing devices, portable lighting and measurement/calibration to Pepperl+Fuchs’ portfolio of industrial sensors and explosion protection solutions

Pepperl+Fuchs acquires mobile explosion protection pioneer ecom instruments

Pepperl+Fuchs, a specialist in intrinsic safety and in industrial sensors, has acquired ecom instruments, the provider of mobile industrial devices for hazardous areas based in Assamstadt in Germany.

Ecom develops explosion proof cell phones, 4G smartphones and tablets. This expertise complements Pepperl+Fuchs portfolio by adding mobile device explosion protection solutions.

“In ecom instruments we found an industry pioneer with 15% growth rate lately who, for decades, proved and strengthened their technology leadership in mobile explosion protection and now complements our offering with a competitive portfolio reaching far into the future,” said Dr. Gunther Kegel, CEO of the Pepperl+Fuchs group.

“Besides the expanded product portfolio we can see new opportunities arising along the entire value added chain. With this we can not only strengthen our offering in the field of explosion protection, but we can achieve a much better market position – with a partner from our region – and consequently generate new solutions around the complex of Industry 4.0,” added Kegel.

Rolf Nied, founder and managing partner of ecom instruments, said: “The expertise in explosion protection and the wide-spread international sales force of Pepperl+Fuchs made them our favourite partner from the very beginning.

“Our innovative devices do not only fill a gap in their portfolio, but allow ecom instruments and Pepperl+Fuchs to develop future business models and solutions at the Center of Competence at Assamstadt to gain access to the enormous growth potential of the ongoing digitalization of industry.”

Pepperl + Fuchs is a medium-sized family-owned company specialising in industrial sensors and explosion protection. The Explosion Protection portfolio consists of analogue isolation barriers, fieldbus topology systems, remote I/O systems, HART interfaces, level control sensors, purge systems, HMI devices, as well as power supplies and signalling devices.

The Industrial Sensors portfolio offers customised sensor solutions such as inductive and photoelectric proximity sensors, ultrasonic sensors, rotary encoders, RFID-systems, data matrix readers, vision sensors and laser devices.

The target markets for these products are machine builders, the automotive industry, handling and warehousing systems, pulp + paper, packing machines, doors, gates + elevators, mobile equipment and renewable energies.

ecom has been around for 30 years and has four core disciplines of communication, mobile computing, portable lighting and measurement/calibration. It offers intrinsically-safe and explosion-proof products, wireless peripheral devices, and smart software applications –backed up with worldwide assistance from service centres in Germany, USA, UAE and Singapore.

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