Automation sells intelligent solutions, subsystems and components, primarily for industrial automation and infrastructure, including solutions for robotics, control systems, sensors, industrial networks and communication networks.
Automation focuses on helping customers in industry and infrastructure to build new automated processes with customised technical solutions and services. The operations are characterised by extensive technical expertise, a high level of service and strong market positions in select niche segments.
The business area holds a strong business position in the Nordic region and other parts of Europe. Demand follows the manufacturing industry’s development towards automation and intelligent factories, as well as the expansion of infrastructure for communication networks, cyber security and investments in “intelligent cities”. Automation offers proprietary products in several areas. Long-term relationships with leading international suppliers are also of the utmost importance.
Development in 2018/2019
Good organic growth in sales combined with several completed acquisitions resulted in strong profit growth and continued favourable development of the operating margin. In Sweden, Denmark and Finland, demand for input components from Nordic manufacturing companies remained very high. Demand was good in most major customer segments, including machinery production, electronics, special vehicles and energy.
Many industrial companies are in the middle of their process of transitioning to Industry 4.0, in which more efficient production and flows will increasingly be linked to intelligent IT and sensor solutions. Major trends, such as the Internet of Things and 5G, will continue to drive demand in the future. Automation’s unique offering encompasses the entire chain from moving mechanical solutions to intelligent systems and communication networks.