In its first major acquisition since 2013, ABB, Zurich, Switzerland, announced a move today to help it push much further into the factory automation market. ABB agreed to acquire Bernecker & Rainer Industrie-Elektronik GmbH (B&R), which it described as “the largest independent provider focused on product- and software-based, open-architecture solutions for machine and factory automation worldwide.” B&R was founded in 1979 by Erwin Bernecker and Josef Rainer and is ...

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