Phoenix Contact GmbH & Co. KG, the leading manufacturer of systems and components for electrical connections and industrial automation, has established a cooperation in the energy sector with Mauell GmbH, a specialist in power plant, process, and network control technology.
Mauell’s Network Control Technology segment will be spun off into a separate company, into which Phoenix Contact will invest. The goal of the cooperation is to jointly develop intelligent solutions for the energy market of the future. Current project objectives focus on automation solutions with open source architectures, network and communication solutions, and intelligent connection systems. In combination, the portfolios of both companies offer a great deal of potential for synergy in these areas.
“Digitalization in the energy sector requires continuous networking of energy flows with energy markets. Open software and integration platforms are becoming increasingly important for interoperable network operation,” emphasizes Bernhard Mecking, CEO of Mauell GmbH in Velbert, Germany.
“We are happy to partner with Mauell Netzleittechnik GmbH and benefit from their experience in the energy industry,” says Ulrich Leidecker, Chairman of the Management Board of the Industry Management and Automation (IMA) Business Area at Phoenix Contact in Blomberg, Germany. “This will allow us to align our automation technology with the PLCnext open control platform in keeping with the requirements of smart grids.”