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2022-09-05

Bosch Rexroth to acquire Elmo Motion Control

Elmo Motion Control

Together for a strong future of the factory automation business: Dr. Steffen Haack (CEO of Bosch Rexroth AG; left), Thomas Fechner (head of the Bosch Rexroth Automation and Electrification Solutions Business Unit; right) and Haim Monhait (founder and owner of Elmo Motion Control; middle).


The acquisition will further strengthen Bosch Rexroth’s factory automation activities

  • Elmo's high-end motion controls and servo drives complement Bosch Rexroth portfolio
  • Elmo technologies enable decentralized drives for automation in general and mobile automation, robotics, and the semiconductor industry


Bosch Rexroth invests in the expansion of its factory automation business and agreed to acquire the motion control specialist Elmo Motion Control Ltd, headquartered in Petach-Tikva, Israel. Elmo develops and produces electrical high-end servo drives and motion controls for industrial automation. The company has around 330 associates. The high performance, extremely space-saving and precise drives complement the Bosch Rexroth product portfolio around the ctrlX AUTOMATION automation platform. Bosch and Elmo signed an agreement to that effect on September 4th, 2022. The purchase price will not be disclosed. The transaction is subject to antitrust approvals.


There is continuously growing demand for smart automation and Industry 4.0 solutions that increase productivity in factories and conserve resources. “Factory automation is a clear focus topic at Bosch Rexroth. We are strengthening our portfolio both organically through the development of innovative products such as ctrlX AUTOMATION and through appropriate acquisitions such as Elmo,” says Thomas Fechner, Head of the Bosch Rexroth Automation and Electrification Solutions Business Unit.


The acquisition will combine the innovative strength and dynamics of Elmo with the factory automation expertise of Bosch Rexroth. Bosch’s intentions are to enhance Elmo’s capabilities of developing and manufacturing the most advanced motion and servo control products. Elmo is planned to remain as an Israel entity, with local management and retaining the current staff.


Only floors, ceilings and walls are fixed. Everything else is flexible – this is how Bosch Rexroth sees the factory of the future. The company continuously presents solutions to the market that fit perfectly into this concept. By adding the smart, very compact and robust drives from Elmo, Bosch Rexroth ideally complements its portfolio. “Elmo’s technology enables us to integrate drives the size of a smartphone into robots or autonomous transport vehicles, for example,” says Fechner. “Elmo technologies thus open up new fields of application that pose special technological challenges, such as autonomous transport vehicles, service robotics, or the decentralized arrangement of drives in machines. Here, Elmo products demonstrate their strengths primarily through their motion performance, compactness, energy efficiency, and precision combined with high dynamics.”


Haim Monhait, founder and owner of Elmo Motion Control, says: “I am very pleased that the Elmo team, our technology and our customers now have a clearer and even more promising path to the future. Elmo joins Bosch Rexroth not only because our products complement each other well – but also because the company pursues a customer-oriented approach in factory automation with convincing growth ambitions. Elmo will continue to create innovative, smart and leading motion control solutions to improve machines performance for the benefit of our customers.”


Elmo Motion Control specializes in technologically sophisticated, yet compact servo drives and motion control. These electrical servo drives and motion controllers are built utmost smart and ensure fully certified functional safety. The products fit particular well in the segments semiconductor, electronic manufacturing, electrical industry, robotics, medical, automated guided vehicles (AGV), automatic warehousing, and the packaging and food industry. Elmo was founded in 1988 as a private company based in Petach Tikva, near Tel Aviv, Israel. In addition to the main location, the company maintains an assembly site in Poland.


Investments in factory automation

Bosch Rexroth had already taken over a majority share in Kassow Robots in spring of 2022. The Danish company with around 25 associates produces collaborative robots (cobots) that can be used in industrial manufacturing in many different ways. The cobots offer high payload and range and can work in the tightest of spaces: Equipped with seven axes, a cobot from Kassow Robots can reach around corners like an arm and thus offers a flexibility unrivaled on the market.


 

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of drive and control technologies, Bosch Rexroth ensures efficient, powerful and safe movement in machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and Factory Automation. With its intelligent components, customized system solutions and services, Bosch Rexroth is creating the necessary environment for fully connected applications. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drive and control technology, gear technology and linear motion and assembly technology, including software and interfaces to the Internet of Things. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 31,000 associates generated sales revenue of around 6.2 billion euros in 2021.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 402,600 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2021). The company generated sales of 78.7 billion euros in 2021. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT provider, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, Industry 4.0, and connected mobility. Bosch is pursuing a vision of mobility that is sustainable, safe, and exciting. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to facilitate connected living with products and solutions that either contain artificial intelligence (AI) or have been developed or manufactured with its help. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. With its more than 400 locations worldwide, the Bosch Group has been carbon neutral since the first quarter of 2020. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 128 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 76,100 associates in research and development, of which more than 38,000 are software engineers.

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