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Strategic targets for 2017 exceeded

The annual balance 2017 of era-contact GmbH is positive

era-contact GmbH in Germany presents an all-round positive balance sheet for 2017: Both in the area of coupling construction as a world market leader and in the area of system suppliers for cable manufacture, the strategic expectations were exceeded. In addition to the good annual results, era-contact is already looking forward with confidence to the high volume of orders for 2018:

 "Our portfolio of reliable products and customer-oriented services has proved itself over the years – 2017 has once again confirmed that we have taken the right path within the framework of our overall Strategy 2022 for the entire aichele GROUP and also for the subsidiary era-contact," says Business Director Jochen Kurz. Strategy 2022 is an all-encompassing business strategy of the aichele GROUP.

 2017: An eventful year at era-contact

 The employees at era-contact can look back over an eventful year: In July 2017, after a construction period of only just under one year, the new era-contact USA location was opened in Liberty, South Carolina. From now on, a production area of around 3,440 m² will enable us to cover the high requirements in North America directly on location.

In May, era-contact GmbH won an award as an innovative company for Industry 4.0; as one of "100 locations for Industry 4.0 in Baden-Württemberg", era-contact was able to assert itself with its software solution "paperless production".

In September, within the framework of the research project "Intro 4.0", backed by the German federal government, with its focus on developing solutions for Industry 4.0 in small and medium-sized companies, era-contact successfully hosted the fourth official meeting of associated companies in Bretten with around 32 participants.

Furthermore, era-contact can report an increase of around 40 employees worldwide. In particular, training is a prime concern for the company; that it is taken seriously, and that importance is attached to the successful development of qualifications for the trainees, is proved by the fact that again in 2017, for the third year in a row, trainees from era-contact GmbH were designated by the Karlsruhe Chamber of Industry and Commerce as the best graduates of the year.

2018: Leading trade fair in September and introduction of new product series

As the world market leader for electric couplings, era-contact presents a positive balance sheet for 2017 and continues to attach great importance to trustful cooperation with its exclusive partner Voith Turbo GmbH, which has been a success for many decades.

As an expert for electrical contact systems and cable manufacture, era-contact has opened the market for UIC connectors beyond the field of electrical couplings: The UIC products are essential mandatory standards for train bus bars. In 2018, era-contact will launch its UIC 552 M1 Series, an upgrade of its current products that not only comply with the standards and guidelines, but also offer optimum solutions in application, assembly and data transfer that other commercially available versions of these products do not provide. The new products will be presented at InnoTrans 2018, which will take place from 18 to 21 September in Berlin. Investments will continue in the development of smart technologies for coupling systems. Here too, the presentation of a new concept is planned for 2018 at InnoTrans.

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