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Duncan Hall appointed member of the Executive Board

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The Supervisory Board of Bilfinger SE has appointed Duncan Hall (51) member of the Executive Board with effect January 1, 2019. He will assume the newly created role of Chief Operating Officer. Alongside with CEO Tom Blades, Duncan Hall will help to drive the company’s build-up and build-out phases forward. At present, Duncan Hall is Executive President of MMO Northwest Europe division – responsible e.g. for Great Britain, Norway (offshore), Belgium, and the Netherlands.

“We are very pleased to see a seasoned executive like Duncan Hall join the Executive Board. He has been with Bilfinger for more than twelve years now and thus is very familiar with our regions and core industries. He will take an active part in shaping the development and profitable growth of the company.”

Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Dr. Eckhard Cordes

Duncan Hall has been serving as an Executive President at Bilfinger since 2015, currently holding this role at the MMO Northwest Europe division. He previously led the Oil & Gas division. In prior years, he worked in the functions of Chief Executive of Bilfinger Industrial Services UK and of managing director. Duncan Hall is an electrical engineer and alumnus of the London Business School. He is married and has three children.

“The Executive Board will benefit tremendously through the addition of Duncan. He was recruited from within our own ranks and enjoys a sterling reputation within Bilfinger. His decades of experience in our business are a true asset and he is sure to make a significant contribution to the advancement of our company,” says CEO Tom Blades.

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Speed controllers with push-lock system

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SMC´s Featured Products Video: AS-A & AS-FS – Speed controllers with push-lock system

With the AS-A & AS-FS series, users can easily and quickly set the speed of the pneumatic drive.

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Expansion of the Lyon location
Expertise for advanced analysis

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Advanced analysis: Endress+Hauser expands competence center in Lyon. Picture: Endress + Hauser
Advanced analysis: Endress+Hauser expands competence center in Lyon. (Picture: Endress + Hauser)

Endress + Hauser has expanded its center of competence for advanced analysis in Lyon, France. The Group invested 2 million euros in a new production facility and office space to meet the growing demand in the area of advanced process analyses.

From Lyon, around 20 employees support Endress + Hauser sales centers across Europe in the application and sales of advanced analysis technology, with a focus on the project business and after-sales services. Ten sales centers across Europe already have specialists on board to handle this complex field of activity.

Customer-specific manufacturing

The new 630-square-meter production facility will be used for customer-specific manufacturing and the assembly of complete analysis systems. Rounding out the facility are offices, rooms for factory acceptance tests and space reserved for future use. The adjacent 1,500-square-meter office building, which opened in 2017, is also home to the Endress + Hauser France regional sales office. With a total of 7,000 square meters, the property offers sufficient space to grow the location even further.

Strategic focus

“The expansion of the Lyon location allows us to do an even better job of bringing our expertise in the field of process analysis to our customers,” emphasized Matthias Altendorf, CEO of the Endress + Hauser Group, during the dedication ceremony on 17 July 2019. “This is an important strategic goal for us and helps our customers acquire more information from their processes.”

Analysis portfolio expands

Advanced analysis provides immediate information related to material properties and product quality. The company continuously develops its analysis portfolio to provide online monitoring of quality parameters, for example through spectroscopic techniques. This allows customers to reduce time to market and optimize their processes. Customers in industries such as life sciences, chemical, food & beverage and oil & gas can benefit the most from Endress + Hauser’s advanced analysis portfolio.

Advanced technologies

The Lyon location combines the expertise of the firm and its subsidiaries Kaiser Optical Systems and SpectraSensors under one roof. The Raman analyzers from Kaiser Optical Systems are used to examine the composition and material properties of liquids, gases and solids and enable the real-time measurement of product characteristics. SpectraSensors is a leader in the field of TDLAS technology, which can be used to reliably measure trace-level concentrations of gases.

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Bilfinger tops 2019 “Lünendonk Liste”
For eleventh consecutive time

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Bilfinger once again has been ranked “Number 1” among the major industrial services providers in Germany. Its top listing in the survey-based ranking compiled annually by the market research firm Lünendonk & Hossenfelder GmbH marks the eleventh time in a row that the Mannheim-based company takes first place among the top industrial services providers. At more than a billion euros, Bilfinger’s domestic revenue for 2018 was significantly ahead of the runner up. When it came to total revenue earned, Bilfinger’s performance was actually four times that of its closest rival among the top three.

“I’m pleased that we have been the front runner since 2009. This success belongs to our employees who enhance the efficiency of customer’s assets, ensure a high level of availability and reduce maintenance costs. The award encourages us to further expand our market position.”

Bilfinger CEO Tom Blades

In its poll, Lünendonk asked respondents to name the four most important players on the German industrial services market. That Bilfinger is dominating the competitive benchmark is shown by the fact that 88% of those surveyed named the company. The industrial services provider enhances the efficiency of assets, ensures a high level of availability and reduces maintenance costs.

With its innovative, groundbreaking and intelligent products and maintenance strategies, the company is able to boost the efficiency of industrial plants and facilities while concomitantly reducing their ecological footprint. One example is Bilfinger’s “scrubber” solution, a sort of catalytic converter for the maritime shipping industry. Scrubbers reduce the sulfur-dioxide content of the waste gas produced when heavy oil is burned by nearly 100 percent. Bilfinger successfully has established itself on the market with this technology, securing an order volume of more than 100 million euros.

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