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In late April we announced the signing of an agreement to acquire ProLeiT, a provider of PCS (Process Control Systems) with integrated MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems) functions for Food & Beverage (F&B), Chemicals and Life Sciences segments.
Today, I am very pleased to communicate that we have finalized this acquisition after the approval by the antitrust authorities.
ProLeiT is headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Germany and operates at ten international locations with over 500 employees worldwide. With the acquisition of this software manufacturer, Schneider Electric is gaining a company whose solutions and industry expertise will enhance our market presence, particularly in the Brewing and Dairy sectors. Industries with good growth perspectives across the economic cycles.
With our own EcoStruxure system architecture, we are active in over 100 countries worldwide, and have long been successfully driving the digital transformation in industrial automation. Peter Herweck, Executive Vice President, Industrial Automation confirms, “With the integrated expertise of Schneider Electric and ProLeiT, we will help our customers advance their digital transformation while driving increased productivity and efficiency.”
The acquisition will enhance EcoStruxure Plant architecture, where AVEVA’s software is already firmly established as the core software technology. The extension of our portfolio to include ProLeiT not only brings market leading technology for the optimization of production processes, but also a strong team of experts in these processes, whose knowledge is codified into their world class platforms Plant iT™ and brewmaxx™.
For ProLeiT’s customers, the acquisition means extended access to Schneider Electric’s full portfolio from connected products to applications, analytics and services including AVEVA enterprise solutions.
The Process Control Systems (PCS) developed by ProLeiT are based on more than 30 years of expertise of high technical know-how and in-depth industry knowledge. Wolfgang Ebster, who joins the Schneider Electric Digital Plant business as Vice President of ProLeiT explains, “Through many interesting and challenging phases we developed this company over the past 34 years together with our employees to a leading automation company worldwide in the brewing industry as well as a well-known supplier for the consumer packaged goods segment, food and beverage, chemical and the pharmaceutical industries.” Wolfgang continues, “We believe, we found the ideal partner for ProLeiT to start the journey into the next generation. We are really happy and very pleased to announce, that today we were warmly welcomed to the Schneider Electric family.”
Manfred Czepl, Director of Sales, ProLeiT is also convinced that this acquisition means great added value for ProLeiT employees and customers: “In Schneider Electric, we have found a partner who is extremely well positioned within our core industries, the CPG segment. By adding or incorporating our Plant iT & brewmaxx platform into EcoStruxture, our product range will expand and therefore offer all customers considerable added value. Furthermore, through Schneider’s worldwide sales network, we will gain excellent market access and can thereby take the growth of ProLeiT products and services to the next level”.
Schneider Electric’s global footprint of partners will allow a wider reach of those solutions.
Dirk Naehring, (ProLeiT) Integration Manager, Schneider Electric observed, “From Day 1 the teams were working closely together with a very high level of excitement for the anticipation of the great opportunities ahead. It´s amazing to see such a good cultural and professional fit between ProLeiT and Schneider Electric. This frontier spirit will help make the integration smooth and fast, bringing even greater benefits to our customers right from the start.”
We’ve seen that we share core values around innovation, customer focus and openness that shall facilitate the integration, and put us in a position to deliver together a stronger value proposition to our customers.
I officially welcome ProLeiT teams from all over the world into our Digital Plant business! You bring deep domain expertise in processing beverages, liquid food, and other consumer packaged goods. Our combined teams will be able to deliver best in class integrated technology and digital transformation solutions for smarter industries.