Trumpf is stepping up the development of its smart factory solutions by combining them with its machine networking and platform activities at its headquarters in Ditzingen, Germany. A number of these solutions were developed by Trumpf subsidiary Axoom at its site in Karlsruhe.
One of the goals of this change is to further standardise machine networking in order to offer customers smart factory solutions more quickly and easily than previously possible.
“Up until now, we have often had to deploy made-to-measure customer solutions, which are more complicated and costly to integrate,” says Mathias Kammüller, Chief Digital Officer at Trumpf.
That is why now, more than ever, Trumpf is relying on close collaboration with experienced partners—as exemplified by a corresponding agreement with GFT Technologies.
For its part, GFT wants to grow its industrial business by taking over Axoom’s portfolio and team at the Karlsruhe site effective July 1, 2019. Karlsruhe will become a new business hub for GFT.
Part of the Axoom team, which was closely involved in the development of components for the TruConnect manufacturing solution, will be transferring to Trumpf. These software solutions will remain with Trumpf, along with the rights to the Axoom brand.
Kammüller said, “We are convinced that this reorganisation at Trumpf and the development partnership with GFT will enable us to achieve our digital ambitions for sheet metal processing even more quickly and effectively, and to expand our proven expertise in industrial IoT and smart factory solutions even faster.”
The close partnership with GFT is initially intended to run for two years. Both companies have a longstanding partnership in a variety of areas.
“The acquisition of the Axoom team fits well with our investment strategy, which aims to extend our industrial expertise, while the development partnership with TRUMPF will enable us to pursue our industrial offensive faster and on a broader front. GFT is indeed waging this offensive from its principal location in Germany,” said Marika Lulay, CEO of GFT.
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