Schaeffler Group Strengthens Robotics Portfolio With New Acquisition

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The newest generation of planetary gearboxes by Melior Motion GmbH is ideally suited to high-precision industrial robots with medium to high payload capacity for applications such as welding, mounting, and applying adhesives and paints.

Automotive and industrial supplier Schaeffler has signed an agreement to acquire all of the shares of Melior Motion GmbH, the supplier of precision gearboxes for robotics and other applications in automation. The acquisition expands the robotics portfolio of the Schaeffler Group’s Industrial division. As automation of both simple, repetitive tasks as well as complex mounting and manufacturing processes is progressing rapidly, the Industrial division consistently expands its position as a supplier for robotics components and systems.

In a first step, the division has brought a Strain-wave gearbox equipped with an electric motor and sensors for use in cobots to the point of volume production. In a second step, it is now adding more powerful gearboxes for higher payload capacities in industrial applications to its portfolio.

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Melior Motion GmbH has developed an innovative planetary gearbox for industrial robots that is highly precise, features outstanding repeat accuracy, low noise emissions as well as very sound robustness. A modular platform concept has been developed based on this technology. The first gearboxes of this design have been on the market since 2017 and are proving their worth, whilst meeting with rapidly growing demand.

The company is currently planning another production site in China. Europe and China are currently the main sales markets of Melior Motion GmbH.

Dr. Stefan Spindler, Schaeffler’s CEO Industrial, states: “In Melior Motion GmbH, we are acquiring a highly innovative company in the robotics field that is on a strong growth course. This acquisition adds to our still young portfolio of robot actuators and considerably expands our position as an innovative supplier in this important business area. As a user of robots ourselves, we will also utilise the special characteristics of this portfolio to increase efficiency at our 75 Schaeffler production sites.”

 

Dr. Stefan Spindler, Schaeffler’s CEO Industrial

The parties have agreed not to disclose the financial details of the transaction, which is scheduled to close by the end of January 2022 subject to customary closing conditions being met.

 

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