Siemens and Fair Friend Group (FFG) confirm long-term collaboration in Digital Enterprise and automation

  • Memorandum of Understanding signed at EMO 2017
  • Common understanding of closer, long-term partnership in integrating Siemens technology in FFG machine tools
  • Introduction of the Digital Enterprise Suite and the cloud-based IoT operating system MindSphere at FFG
  • Collaboration in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) and Totally Integrated Automation (TIA)

Siemens and Fair Friend Enterprise Co., Ltd. Taiwan (FFG), which, in addition to its Industrial Equipment and Green Energy Divisions, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of machine tools, now intend to strengthen their long-standing business relationship. The aim of the extended partnership is to consolidate the integration of the Siemens Digital Enterprise Suite across the Taiwanese business and to integrate innovative Siemens digitalization and automation technologies into FFG’s machine tools and machine tool technologies.

Siemens and Fair Friend Enterprise Co., Ltd. Taiwan (FFG) now intend to strengthen their long-standing business relationship. To this end, Dr. Jimmy Chu, Chairman of the Fair Friend Group and Dr. Wolfgang Heuring, CEO of the Motion Control Business Unit at Siemens AG signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding at EMO.

The two businesses agreed at EMO 2017 to work closely together in the future on the consolidation of the Siemens Digital Enterprise Suite and the open, cloud-based IoT operating system MindSphere at FFG. Due to its open access structure, MindSphere offers machine manufacturers many different ways to gain a competitive advantage by using their extensive domain expertise and developing high-performance applications for machine operators. They thus form the basis for new services and business models.

The intensified cooperation will also affect the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) und Totally Integrated Automation (TIA).

The purpose of this closer collaboration is also to deploy the comprehensive portfolio of the Siemens Digital Enterprise Suite across FFG’s 90+ affiliated companies.

To this end, Dr. Jimmy Chu, Chairman of the Fair Friend Group and Dr. Wolfgang Heuring, CEO of the Motion Control Business Unit at Siemens AG signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding at EMO.

In previous years, Siemens and FFG have developed pioneering concepts independently of each other which combine digitalization and automation for machine tools. The Digital Enterprise portfolio from Siemens offers core elements of industrial software and automation, industrial communication systems, security and services as well as cloud-based IoT technologies. Siemens will primarily bring its expertise in machine control and automation technology to the concepts to be developed as well as its open, cloud-based IoT operating system MindSphere.

In signing the joint Memorandum of Understanding, Jimmy Chu said: “As a leading international manufacturer of machine tools and globally active business, FFG is constantly looking to meet the challenges of digitalization and to convert the business to a digital company. Siemens’ global setup, with its all-encompassing and pioneering Digital Enterprise concept and its leading future-oriented technologies for Intelligent Manufacturing and the Factory of the Future, is therefore an excellent partner for FFG. The future-oriented strategies of both companies complement each other perfectly.”

Dr. Wolfgang Heuring continues: “Our two companies have been working together for many years on a basis of trust and with a common theme: A passion for machine tools. Putting this collaboration on a broader footing from now on against the background of the opportunities provided by digitalization is a seminal and important step for both companies on their respective journeys to becoming a digital company. We are both convinced that FFG and Siemens will benefit from this closer collaboration.”