Pepperl+Fuchs, a globally leading company in explosion protection by intrinsic safety and in industrial sensors, announced the acquisition of ecom instruments GmbH, the world market leader for mobile industrial devices for hazardous areas. The company domiciled at Assamstadt/Germany achieved their position as technology leaders by developing explosion proof cell phones, 4G smartphones and tablets. With this Pepperl+Fuchs complements the portfolio and the know-how in explosion protection with mobile solutions.

“In ecom instruments we found an industry pioneer with 15 percent growth rate lately who, for decades, proved and strengthened his technology leadership in mobile explosion protection and now complements our offering with a competitive portfolio reaching far into the future” said Dr. Gunther Kegel, CEO of the Pepperl+Fuchs group.

“Besides the expanded product portfolio we can see new opportunities arising along the entire value added chain. With this we can not only strengthen our offering in the field of explosion protection, but we can achieve a much better market position – with a partner from our region – and consequently generate new solutions around the complex of Industry 4.0”, added Kegel.

“The expertise in explosion protection and the wide-spread international sales force of Pepperl+Fuchs made them our favorite partner from the very beginning. Our innovative devices do not only fill a gap in their portfolio, but allow ecom instruments and Pepperl+Fuchs to develop future business models and solutions at the Center of Competence at Assamstadt to gain access to the enormous growth potential of the ongoing digitalization of industry”, Rolf Nied stated, founder and managing partner of ecom instruments GmbH.

About Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH

The medium-sized family-owned company Pepperl + Fuchs is counted among the leading companies in industrial sensors and explosion protection.

Explosion Protection – The Division Process Automation is world-market leader in the field of explosion protection in hazardous areas by intrinsic safety. Furthermore, the Division offers large varieties of application-oriented system solutions for process industries. The portfolio consists of analog isolation barriers, fieldbus topology systems, remote I/O systems, HART interfaces, level control sensors, purge systems, HMI devices, as well as power supplies and signaling devices.

Industrial Sensors – With the invention of the industrial inductive proximity sensor in 1958, the company set a milestone in the history of automation technology. The target markets are machine builders, the automotive industry, handling and warehousing systems, pulp + paper, packing machines, doors, gates + elevators, mobile equipment and renewable energies. The Division offers customized sensor solutions such as inductive and photoelectric proximity sensors, ultrasonic sensors, rotary encoders, RFID-systems, data matrix readers, vision sensors and laser devices.

About ecom

ecom instruments is a leading global provider of integrated solutions and mobile computing and communication devices for use in potentially hazardous areas as found in the chemical, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, oil and gas, mining, power generation, and food and beverage industries.

For 30 years, ecom has set the standards and gathered comprehensive expertise in explosion protection for daily use in hazardous industrial areas across the globe.

In its four core disciplines of communication, mobile computing, portable lighting and measurement/calibration, ecom instruments offers reliable intrinsically-safe and explosion-proof products, wireless peripheral devices, and smart software applications – all backed up with worldwide assistance from service centers in Germany, USA, UAE and Singapore and from ecom subsidiary offices to reduce your risk.