Dr. Steffen Kämmerer, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at BHS-Sonthofen and Managing Director of the new BHS Control Systems GmbH & Co. KG
BHS-Sonthofen considerably expanded its portfolio in all things control technology at the turn of the year. Its newly founded subsidiary BHS Control Systems GmbH & Co. KG. acquired Thoma Elektrosteuerungsanlagen GmbH from Babenhausen near Memmingen as part of an asset purchase agreement on 1 January 2020. This will allow BHS-Sonthofen to significantly expand its expertise in the area of control technology. Alongside Thoma’s existing business fields, BHS Control Systems is taking on the tasks of planning and implementing plant control systems for projects undertaken by BHS-Sonthofen and AVA GmbH & Co. KG, the latter of which was acquired in 2018.
Thoma Elektrosteuerungsanlagen GmbH – which currently has 15 employees – was founded in Babenhausen, Germany, in 1988 by Ferdinand Thoma. Its portfolio consists of customer-specific control and automation technology with hardware and software for grain and milling companies, mixed feed plants and some recycling plants. “This acquisition will broaden our expertise as well as our range of products,” says Dennis Kemmann, Managing Director at BHS-Sonthofen. “To some extent, we have been working with external suppliers on developing control systems, but we are hoping to gradually change this.” The existing in-house Control Technology department at BHS is already kept busy with constructing control systems for shredding and filtration plants. BHS will offer its own control technology for the entire portfolio of BHS and AVA in the areas of mixing, shredding, recycling, filtration, drying and reaction processes via BHS Control Systems GmbH & Co. KG in the future. Customers supplied by Thoma will continue to receive support. “With the support of our new colleagues, we will now also be able to plan and construct entire plant control systems ourselves, especially in the area of recycling technology,” emphasized Dr. Steffen Kämmerer, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at BHS-Sonthofen and Managing Director of the newly established BHS Control Systems GmbH & Co. KG. “Expanding our portfolio into the area of control technology will enable BHS-Sonthofen to offer everything from under one roof, even for large-scale projects like multistage recycling plants. The tried-and-tested quality provided by BHS can now be guaranteed for even more components.” Thanks to Thoma’s interface architecture – which is based on Siemens systems – BHS and its customers are well-equipped for the future, as the control systems can be simply integrated into Industry 4.0 infrastructures.