Angela Merkel and Narendra Modi visit Rittal at the 2015 Hanover Fair

14.04.2015. Germany’s leader, Chancellor Angela Merkel praised the innovative power of family-owned company Rittal during a visit to the company stand together with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Among other things, the system provider from Herborn, Germany was presenting its “Blue e+” generation of cooling units for the very first time. They set new standards in terms of energy efficiency and can be used worldwide.

“We have seen energy efficiency, we have seen Industry 4.0 and we have seen the importance of medium-sized companies” said Chancellor Angela Merkel after her visit to Rittal’s Hanover Fair stand. Accompanied by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, representing India as this year's Hanover Fair partner country, the Chancellor visited the family company’s 2,000 m² stand. Friedhelm Loh, Rittal’s owner and CEO, presented the national leaders with a world first in terms of climate control and talked about the importance of the Indian location for the company. The two leaders expressed their enthusiasm for a “very impressive tour that shows us how the world of machines is changing,” as the Chancellor put it.

A technological quantum leap for the world

Merkel and Modi received an in-depth briefing on the technology behind the newly developed “Blue e+” generation of cooling units, which provide a genuine “plus” in terms of energy efficiency. With innovative hybrid technology that uses both passive and active cooling, the cooling units need 75% less energy than before and so emit proportionally less CO2. And that's not all: The units are designed to be connected to mains voltages ranging from 110 to 480 volts. They can be used worldwide thanks to this multi-voltage capability.

“Rittal is the world's first with the new cooling devices,” said Friedhelm Loh. Initial tests in the automotive industry show that the development also meets expectations in real industrial applications. The outcome is astounding: Current performance measurements at AUDI in Ingolstadt, Germany have demonstrated energy savings of approx. 80% in enclosure climate control.

Value-added chains for greater cost-effectiveness

In addition to the new generation of cooling units, Rittal is also outlining the value-added chain that the company has realised together with its sister companies Eplan, Cideon and Kiesling. This way, manufacturers of machinery, control systems and switchgear can streamline their value-added chains with potential savings of up to 50% through continuous flows of data from engineering to manufacturing. Rittal is also presenting the Perforex LC 3015, the world's first 3D laser machine for control system manufacture.

Rittal in India

India's Premier Narendra Modi stressed the importance of the impulses that German companies are generating in India. “We founded Rittal India in 1994 – a whole decade before Rittal China”, owner Friedhelm Loh pointed out. Twenty years after being founded, Rittal can look back on annual revenue growth rates of 15 to 20%.

Through the “Make in India” campaign, Modi wants to make his country an attractive production centre for global companies. The reform projects are aimed at providing modernised transport technology and networking, at stabilising the power supply and creating industrial corridors and industrial estates, and at improving training for the workforce. Rittal’s system solutions are helping in the construction of the country's infrastructure. With its broad-based expertise, Rittal has contributed to an improvement in IT, infrastructure and energy supply in a large number of projects. In terms of education, Rittal is boosting local competence through the training centre that opened last year at the Bangalore factory site.

Rittal employs 1,100 staff in India and is represented at 18 locations nationwide. Rittal, as a robust partner for industry in India, supplies a wide range of industries with enclosure solutions that meet high international quality standards.