Bosch Rexroth acquires Elmo Motion Control

Bosch Rexroth acquires Elmo Motion Control

Bosch Rexroth acquires Elmo Motion Control

Bosch Rexroth is investing in the expansion of its factory automation business and has agreed to acquire motion control specialist Elmo Motion Control Ltd. based in Petach-Tikva, Israel. Elmo develops and manufactures high-end electric servo drives and drive controls for industrial automation.

The company has around 330 employees. 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 a corresponding agreement on September 4, 2022. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The transaction is subject to antitrust approvals.

Demand for intelligent automation and Industry 4.0 solutions that increase productivity in factories and conserve resources is growing steadily. "Factory automation is a clear focus area at Bosch Rexroth. We are strengthening our portfolio, both organically through the development of innovative products such as ctrlX AUTOMATION, and through suitable acquisitions such as Elmo," says Thomas Fechner, head of the Automation and Electrification Solutions product division at Bosch Rexroth.

The acquisition will combine Elmo's innovation and dynamism with Bosch Rexroth's expertise in factory automation. Bosch intends to expand Elmo's ability to develop and manufacture the most advanced drive and servo controls. Elmo is to continue as an Israeli company with local management and with its current workforce. Only floors, ceilings and walls are fixed. Everything else is flexible - this is how Bosch Rexroth sees the factory of the future. The company is continuously presenting the market with solutions that perfectly fit this concept. Elmo's intelligent, extremely compact and robust drives complement Bosch Rexroth's portfolio in an ideal way.

"Elmo's technology makes it possible 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 involve special technical challenges, such as autonomous transport vehicles, service robotics or the decentralized arrangement of drives in machines. This is where Elmo's products come into their own, especially with their motion performance, compactness, energy efficiency and precision 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 clear and very promising path to the future. Elmo joins Bosch Rexroth not only because our products complement each other well - but also because the company takes a customer-centric approach to factory automation with compelling growth ambitions. Elmo will continue to develop innovative, intelligent and leading motion control solutions to improve machine performance for the benefit of our customers."

Elmo Motion Control specializes in technologically advanced yet compact servo drives and drive controllers. These electric servo drives and drive controls are built extremely intelligently and ensure fully certified functional safety. The products are particularly well suited for the semiconductor, electronics manufacturing, electrical, robotics, medical, automated guided vehicle (AGV), automated warehousing, and packaging and food industries. Elmo was founded in 1988 as a private company based in Petach Tikva, near Tel Aviv, Israel. In addition to its main site, the company also has a manufacturing facility in Poland.

Investments in factory automation

Bosch Rexroth had already acquired a majority stake in Kassow Robots in spring 2022. The Danish company, which has around 25 associates, produces collaborative robots (cobots) that can be used in a variety of ways in industrial manufacturing. The cobots offer a high payload and reach and can work in confined spaces: Equipped with seven axes, a cobot from Kassow Robots can reach around corners like an arm, offering flexibility that is unique on the market.