Published 02-04-2020
| Article appears in April 2020 Issue

New Industry 4.0 expansion by LAPP focuses sustainability and technology benefits on wide range of Australian industries

02-04-2020

A cable systems technology company that is helping equip industry globally for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, LAPP, has announced further initiatives in Australia to expand its services to local industries seeking to become more flexible, cost-efficient and individually customer-responsive through Industry 4.0.

The global LAPP organisation – with more than 4,000 employees and turnover exceeding a billion Euros (about $A2 billion) – has grown on its Founding Family’s values of customer-focused service, innovation and enduring quality to become one of the world’s leading providers of branded cable and connector systems and integrated electrical and automation engineering solutions.

LAPP is now established in more than 50 countries in Europe, America and the Asia-Pacific, including its full Australian branch, where it has expanded its depth and range of technologies sixfold in just two years since its establishment Down Under by the third generation of the LAPP family, said LAPP Australia General Manager Mr Simon Pullinger.

“Our plans for the year ahead have received a series of major boosts since the recent visit of the LAPP Founding Family to celebrate the success of the establishment of LAPP Australia to deliver new dimensions in service and technology range. Australia has been a major success story for LAPP globally, and the family is directing new and expanded resources to increase the momentum here in areas where the company and Europe has global leadership, including environmentally sustainable products and safety-oriented enduring quality.

“Moving forward, in addition to now stocking more than 2,500 products locally for short lead time delivery coast-to coast, we are expanding the range and depth of our local offering to include:
• More products focused on safety and sustainability, including halogen-free, low-smoke and fire-retardant cable fittings and systems for use in public and private buildings and infrastructure including airports, train stations, terminals and logistics, intermodal and transport centres.
• Extended ranges of special purpose and conduit and cable systems integral to sustainability and reliability in areas such as solar, wind and broader green energy systems, surveillance, security and safety systems.
• More products engineered for use in areas where safety, hygiene and export compliance is critical, such as specialised products used in food contact areas where cable systems must be resistant to a host of chemical, thermal and physical stresses so that they can be reliably used in refrigerated areas and damp environments and cleaning processes.
• Further future-proofing and time-saving systems and technical resources to serve industries such as manufacturing and plant and process engineering, including automation, robotics and process engineering systems; electrical engineering systems and energy systems, machine building and machine tools and challenging process environments such as food and beverage. Product ranges and technical staffing are being further expanded to meet this demand for future focussed industries introducing Industry 4.0 initiatives.

“Besides the 40,000 products in our global range to which LAPP Australia has direct access, we always want to offer the best solution. So, if the customer cannot find what they are looking for in our local or global ranges, our experts are on hand to develop a solution in partnership with the customer, throughout Australia,” says Mr Pullinger.

“LAPP Australia is continuously extending its technical capacity into vertical markets in Australia, complementing local knowledge with areas where LAPP already has a depth of global expertise, including automotive, rail and mobility systems; intelligent buildings and infrastructure; and process engineering and resources industry applications, including mining and oil and gas, including onshore, offshore and port processing facilities.”

“Mechanical and plant engineering in Germany holds a key position in the German economy,” says Simon Pullinger. “The industry continues to employ one the largest workforces in the country, takes a leading role in exports and is responsible for the excellent reputation enjoyed worldwide by the "Made in Germany" label. The LAPP Family traditions including enduring quality of innovation, build further upon this foundation to provide an excellent basis from which Australian industry can confidently advance into Industry 4.0 programs.”

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