SEW Eurodrive

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Privately held company
IndustryIndustrial automation
HeadquartersBruchsal, Germany
Area served
Key people
Juergen Blickle
Number of employees

SEW-Eurodrive is a German manufacturing company founded by Christian Pähr in 1931 as Süddeutsche Elektromotoren Werke. Today, it is an international organization that manufactures geared motors, frequency inverters and servo drives employing over 17,000 people worldwide with annual sales in excess of €2.8 billion.[citation needed]

Based in Bruchsal in Southern Germany they have manufacturing assembly and service centres throughout the world. SEW are leaders in decentralised control technology, with products such as Movimot, Movigear, Moviswitch, and Movitrans. In addition they have moved into the large industrial gearbox market with their range of helical, bevel helical, and planetary gearboxes.

A further development sees their 30-year-old DT/DV range of motors being replaced by the new DR range of motors which are designed with future efficiency standards in mind. The new DR range complies in full with EuP Lot 11 which will be the new compulsory European efficiency standard to replace the existing voluntary agreement in 2011.[1]

SEW-Eurodrive made its mark in the industry by making the motor and gearbox integral or monolithic. By bypassing the constraints of what is considered mutually exclusive, total optimization is possible, thus allowing far higher service lives when compared to "industry standards".[citation needed]

SEW initially produced motors until 1945 when the Allied Strategic Command bombed Bruchsal into rubble. After Germany's surrender the company became an entity of the US—via the Marshall Plan. When this was concluded in 1948 the company was returned to its owners, the Blickles. At this point gear motors became its product and expertise.

Significant Events[edit]

1931 - Christian Pähr founds the "Süddeutsche Elektromotoren Werke"

1945 - Ernst Blickle takes over management

1960 - SEW-USOCOME SA is founded in Haguenau, France

1965 - SEW develops modular system for gearmotors

1968 - SEW founds and expands international assembly plants

1972 - Acquisition of the Obermoser Group is completed

1975 - SEW DO BRASIL Motores-Redutores LTDA. is founded in São Paulo, Brazil

1982 - SEW-EURODRIVE Pty Ltd is founded in Melbourne, Australia

1983 - SEW-EURODRIVE INC. is founded in Lyman, South Carolina USA

1987/89 - Brothers, Jürgen and Rainer Blickle are appointed as managing directors of the SEW-EURODRIVE Group.

1989 - Edeltraut Blickle establishes SEW-EURODRIVE foundation

1990 - SEW acquires a majority share in Pfeffer & Partner Getriebebau GmbH in Wiesloch, Germany

1992 - SEW-EURODRIVE S.A. is founded in Forbach, France

1994 - SEW-EURODRIVE (Tianjin) Co., Ltd. is founded in Tianjin, China

1994 - SEW acquires an interest in Santasalo Ltd. in Helsinki, Finland

1997 - SEW-EURODRIVE was set up as a Private Limited Company in India

1999 - SEW starts electronics production

2002 - Pfeffer & Partner in Östringen becomes SEW-EURODRIVE Östringen GmbH

2003 - SEW-EURODRIVE becomes the first organisation to effectively mass-produce energy efficient motors with copper rotors

2006 - SEW establishes production plant in Shenyang, China

2009 - SEW-EURODRIVE opens production plant of industrial gear units in Bruchsal, Germany

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