IAR Group will be attending the Automate Show 2024!

🚀 We're excited to announce that the IAR Group will be attending the Automate Show 2024, the largest robotics and automation event in North America! 🤖

📅 May 6th to 9th
📍 Illinois, Chicago

This is the place to be for those seeking innovative solutions to drive efficiency and productivity in their businesses.

📢 Come visit us at Booth 3615 and discover how our automation solutions can transform your business. Our team will be available to discuss your specific needs and demonstrate our products and services firsthand.

Don't miss the opportunity to connect with industry leaders, explore new technologies, and expand your professional network. We look forward to seeing you there!

IAR Group - Global Innovation for Local Markets.

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The IAR Group has new Leaders

As the IAR Group embarks on a journey of growth and innovation, we’re excited to share our updated organizational structure, designed to enhance our global strategic positioning and capabilities. This refined structure is built around three specialized Business Units, each targeting specific geographical regions with tailored industrial solutions.

North America Business Unit shines as a leader in the design and manufacturing of custom automation machinery, based in Huntley, Illinois, USA. Known for agile solutions across various industries, the unit prioritizes lean practices and responsiveness, aiming to expand its presence across the United States and Canada.

Iberia Business Unit, located in Mafra, Portugal, is a provider of customized industrial solutions, offering machinery, equipment, and services in automation, robotics, and mechanical engineering. With a focus on packaging and factory automation, it’s poised to lead technology and innovation across Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria.

Central Europe Business Unit boasts a rich legacy in designing and manufacturing robot and automation systems from its bases in Zofingen and Hochdorf, Switzerland. Specializing in collaborative robotics and vision automation solutions, it aims to strengthen its footprint in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, supported by the strategic presence of IAR Deutschland GmbH in Aalen, Germany.

Leadership and Vision Across Business Units

The IAR Group’s strategic direction and operational excellence are shaped by an exceptional team of leaders.

Within the North America Business Unit, Erik Sanke, the Managing Director, is at the forefront, steering the unit towards greater innovation and market expansion. His efforts are complemented by Steve Hagan, VP of Application & Project Management, and Joie Dennis, VP of Engineering & Operations, each contributing their expertise to enhance the unit’s project execution and engineering capabilities.

The Iberia Business Unit is under the adept leadership of José Carvalho, the Managing Director, who, along with Yasser Gonzalez, Head of Business Development, and André Pereira, Head of Mechanical Engineering, is pushing the boundaries of technological advancement and market growth. They are supported by António Nunes, leading the charge in Automation & Electrical Engineering, Bruno Lemos, overseeing Production & Logistics, and David Alexandre, ensuring excellence in Product Delivery & Aftermarket, collectively driving the unit’s ambition to excel in innovation and customer satisfaction. Susana Oliveira, managing Finance & HR, plays a crucial role in developing the teams.

The Central Europe Business Unit benefits from the expertise of a dedicated leadership team that ensures our engineering solutions meet the high standards our clients expect. At the helm of sales and strategic market engagement, Marc Strub plays a pivotal role as the Head of Sales. His deep understanding of the market and strategic vision are crucial for navigating the unit’s growth and expansion efforts in Central Europe. Supporting the unit’s operational excellence and innovative project execution are David Lang and Sandro Steiner, who bring a wealth of experience and technical expertise to the team.

The broader strategic direction and overarching goals of the IAR Group are steered by Sebastien Perroud, Group CEO, and Andy Rietschin, Group CFO, whose visionary leadership ensures that our global operations remain cohesive, innovative, and aligned with our core values of excellence and customer satisfaction.

This revitalized organizational structure, bolstered by our dedicated leadership, signifies our pledge to adapt, innovate, and lead within the industrial automation and engineering solutions sector. As we continue to deliver excellence and push the boundaries of technology, we look forward to fostering sustainable growth and achieving new milestones.

Stay connected for more updates as we embark on this exciting journey of growth and transformation!

IAR Group strengthens its presence in Germany with a commitment to active participation in research, innovation, and science!

The IAR Group, headquartered in Switzerland, being internationally operating company in the field of automation and robotics is strengthening its presence in Germany and actively engaging in research at Aalen University.

In a groundbreaking partnership, IAR Group, in cooperation with company Tigres, provides a state-of-the-art plasma facility to support the university’s research efforts. This collaboration underscores IAR's commitment to innovation and science, contributing to the promotion of research activities in Germany.

"Both my wife and I are graduates of Aalen University, so I am particularly pleased with the establishment of this partnership," says Jochen Eichert, Managing Director of IAR Deutschland GmbH based in Aalen.

Sebastien Perroud, CEO of the IAR Group, adds, "The German market is extremely important for us, and we already work closely and successfully with universities in our Swiss home market."

Prof. Dr. Katharina Weber and Dr. Wadim Schulz from the Research Institute for Innovative Surfaces FINO, belonging to the department of study Materials for Sustainability, are excited about the additional opportunity to supervise research tasks.

As a focal point, environmentally friendly processes for coating metal parts with automated plasma technology are being developed, promising significant future savings in CO2 consumption for many industrial customers.

With this contribution to research and optimization of materials through plasma processes, IAR Group renews its participation in the scientific community and reaffirms its commitment on taking a significant contribution on environmental protection policies.

IAR Group strengthens market position through acquisition of Sontec AG!

???? - IAR Group strengthens market position through acquisition of Sontec AG!

IAR Group from Zofingen (Switzerland), which specializes in automation systems, is taking over SONTEC AG from Hochdorf (Switzerland), which is active in the fields of automated testing technology, assembly automation, robotics and image processing, with immediate effect. With this acquisition, the IAR Group strengthens its position in the global market for industrial automation and increases its production capacity in Switzerland.

"I am very pleased about this early succession solution, which is ideal for the future of the company and its employees," says Othmar Amrein, former owner of Hochdorf-based Sontec AG. Amrein, who will be committed to a smooth transition in his position as CEO for the next two years and will subsequently be available for special tasks, is convinced that Sontec's products and services can be successfully sold in new markets within the IAR Group: "The international orientation and the enormous automation know-how tipped the scales in my favor for the sale to the IAR Group – both factors are equally relevant for Sontec's further development." It is also very important for Amrein that all jobs and the Sontec name will be retained.

And what speaks for the acquisition of Sontec from IAR Group's point of view?

Sebastien Perroud, founder and CEO of IAR Group, answers this question as follows: "The automated inspection technology and image processing divisions complement our portfolio excellently – we previously had to procure these competencies externally. Now we can fall back on them within the group of companies. This significantly strengthens and expands our expertise in industrial automation." In assembly automation and robotics, the IAR Group also has a great deal of know-how, but has other industry focuses: "There is no overlap in customers. So, this is also a perfect fit."

What changes for Sontec?

To make optimal use of the expanded competencies, Sontec will work closely with Bachmann Engineering AG in the future. The expanded production capacities will also play a central role. Perroud: "In the DACH region, we are experiencing growing demand for automation systems. In close cooperation with Bachmann Engineering and the Group's own subsidiary in the Stuttgart area, Sontec will make an important contribution to meeting this demand. The geographical proximity of the two Group companies naturally facilitates this enormously – it takes less than 30 minutes by car to travel from Hochdorf to Zofingen." Perroud also has his eye on global business: "Our customers in the USA will also benefit from the new products and competencies. So, the Sontec acquisition is a win-win-win situation."


#automation #together #engineering #synergies #robotics


Bachmann Engineering AG expands into French-speaking Switzerland!

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Our group company Bachmann Engineering AG recently opened an office in Biel. Thanks to this step, the company is gaining better access to the market in French-speaking Switzerland. From now on, companies in the French-speaking part of Switzerland can benefit from the solutions and the comprehensive expertise in automation and robotics of Bachmann Engineering AG and the IAR Group.

Sebastien Perroud: "The move to Western Switzerland fits in with our expansion strategy. Biel will become another sales point for our global solution offering in industrial automation and robotics."

Marc Strub: "I am very pleased about the newly opened office in the Switzerland Innovation Park Biel/Bienne Ltd. There we have our finger on the pulse of the industry and have an ideal base to sell our automation solutions and our comprehensive know-how in automation and robotics in French-speaking Switzerland."

For the time being, area sales manager Cédric Weber will be present at the Biel branch of the automation company: "I know the market in western Switzerland well and am looking forward to advising new customers and winning them over for our industrial solutions." In the medium term, Weber is to be supported: "We are looking for a technical support employee. Interested parties are welcome to contact me."

Sébastien Perroud is convinced that demand for customized automation systems in Switzerland will continue to grow. As reasons he cites the shortage of skilled workers, which will be exacerbated by demo-graphic developments, the strong Swiss franc and production costs that are high by international standards.

Address of the new office:
Bachmann Engineering Romandie, Aarbergstrasse 46, 2503 Biel/Bienne

Establishment of subsidiary in Germany as a key milestone!

???? - IAR Group from Switzerland, which specializes in industrial automation systems, is expanding and founding a subsidiary in the greater Stuttgart area. The main objective is to sell its self-developed automation modules for loading and unloading processes as well as automated special machines and robot cells on the German market. To this end, a sales and service team is to be established

"I am very pleased about the newly founded subsidiary in the greater Stuttgart area - a milestone in the history of the IAR Group. IAR Deutschland GmbH will serve as an important base for us to sell our products and services in the German market." This is how Sébastien Perroud, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Zofingen-based IAR Group, comments on the expansion into Germany.

Sales of special machines, robotics cells and automation modules for loading and unloading processes

The IAR Group's primary objective is to sell its self-developed automation modules for loading and unloading processes, as well as its extensive expertise in building automated special-purpose machines and robotic cells in Germany. However, IAR Deutschland GmbH provides customers in Germany with access to all products and services as well as to the entire know-how of the internationally oriented IAR Group. In addition, IAR Deutschland GmbH cooperates with the high-tech partner Tigres GmbH for fully automated surface treatment of materials (for details see https://plasmaautomation.iargroup.com).

Establishment of a sales and service team headed by Jochen Eichert

IAR Deutschland GmbH is based in Aalen in the greater Stuttgart area. From there, the subsidiary will serve customers throughout Germany. "We are in the process of building a team of professionals in the areas of sales and service engineering," says Jochen Eichert, managing director of IAR Deutschland GmbH. "Motivated professionals who know automation and want to support us in our market expansion are welcome to contact me."

Relocation of production, shortage of skilled workers and high costs drive demand

Sébastien Perroud and Jochen Eichert are convinced that demand for automation solutions in Germany will continue to rise. The main reasons for this are a relocation of production back to Germany, the ongoing shortage of qualified specialists, and high production costs. Perroud: "Our automation solutions and our expertise in industrial automation make a decisive contribution to overcoming these challenges: Production capacities can be increased, employees can be freed up for higher-value work, and unit costs can be reduced."

IAR Group opens office in Porto!

???? - IAR Group is expanding and opening a branch office in Porto. Thanks to this step, the market coverage of our group company ZEUGMA is improved. In addition, the new office serves the entire IAR Group as a further base for its global range of engineering services.

"I am very pleased about the newly opened office in Porto. This will open up new market opportunities for us on a national and international level." This is how Sebastien Perroud comments on the expansion to the north of Portugal. According to Perroud, two main objectives are being pursued.

The first is to improve the market coverage of Zeugma S.A., which is based in the greater Lisbon area. "The Porto branch will serve us to attract new customers for our industrial solutions in the north and throughout Portugal," says José Carvalho. To this end, a sales and consulting staff will be recruited.

Secondly, the new office will serve as a further base for IAR Group's global offering of engineering services in industrial automation and robotics. "We are in the process of recruiting engineers with automation know-how for the Porto office," says Nuno Laginha. Their job will be to develop automation solutions for customers in Europe, Asia and North America.

Sébastien Perroud is convinced that demand for customized automation systems will continue to grow. The reasons for this include a shift of production back to Europe, combined with a shortage of qualified personnel. Perroud: "Many companies are being forced to increase production capacity while freeing up employees for work with higher added value – this is where we can make a decisive contribution with our proven expertise in automation."

? Want to know more? Contact Sebastien Perroud

#automation #portugal #expansion #engineering

IAR Group and ETH spin-off ROB Technologies AG are entering into a long-term collaboration!

???? - IAR Group and ETH spin-off ROB Technologies AG are entering into a long-term collaboration for comprehensive automation solutions for timber construction. Combining our core competencies together in industrial automation und software development offering you the most efficient solutions from one source.

Sebastien Perroud "I am very pleased about the new cooperation. Together we can offer the timber construction industry intelligent complete solutions for the production and assembly of timber construction elements that are unparalleled on the market."

Tobias Bonwetsch "Thanks to the cooperation, our customers in timber construction benefit from the best solutions from the hardware and software world. Now we can cover not only the German-speaking market with our automation solutions, but also the Iberian and US markets."

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#timberconstruction #automation #robotics

IAR Group and Tigres GmbH enter into strategic collaboration!

???? - IAR Group is to announce that we are entering into a long-term collaboration with TIGRES GmbH from Germany, which specializes in plasma technology. Thus, two leading companies combine their core competences in industrial automation and plasma technology. The aim of the cooperation is to offer automated complete solutions.

Sebastien Perroud: "I am very pleased about the collaboration with Tigres GmbH. Thanks to their expertise in plasma technology, we are now able to offer complete automated solutions for the surface treatment of materials to a wide range of industries worldwide."

Timo Landahl "IAR Group's expertise in automation and robotics complements our offering perfectly. Together we can offer our existing customers high-quality and comprehensive solutions and also open up new markets and customers."

=> Read the complete media release: https://lnkd.in/e4qGVH4D

Would you like to know more? Visit our dedicated website or contact us:
-         Website: https://lnkd.in/edJcVF8i
-         Contact: Sebastien Perroud Timo Landahl

#industrialautomation #PlasmaTechnology #Collaboration #CompleteSolutions #Robotics

IAR Group to become exclusive distributor of the quality inspection system Q-Buddy!

???? - The world novelty "Q-buddy" developed by Ypsotec will be distributed exclusively by IAR Group AG with immediate effect. The IAR Group is thus expanding its product portfolio with an intelligent quality inspection system for the manufacturing industry.

Sebastien Perroud: "We are proud to be the exclusive distributor of Ypsotec AG for this world innovation."
Daniele Marco Galatioto: "IAR Group is the perfect partner for us. Thanks to their broad customer base in the metal supply industry, we have access to a wide range of companies that should be interested in Q-buddy."

Further information
=> Read the media release: https://lnkd.in/eP-i3Cj3
=> Detailed info about the Q-buddy: https://lnkd.in/eJSmUvzr

Want to know more? Talk to Sebastien Perroud or Daniele Marco Galatioto or contact us at [email protected]

#Automation #QualityInspection #QualityManagement #Cooperation #Robotics