Phoenix Contact to acquire Etherwan System

April 25, 2017 // By Julien Happich
Phoenix Contact takes over the Taiwanese company Etherwan System Inc, a manufacturer for Ethernet communication technology in automation.

The takeover enrichens the position of the Phoenix Contact Group in the area of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and Industrie 4.0, which was already strengthened by the take-over of the Canadian Perle Systems Inc. in fall 2016.

Etherwan was founded in California in 1996. The main site has been in New-Taipei in Taiwan for 20 years. Here, hardware components such as media converters and Ethernet switches for so-called “hardened Ethernet solutions” are developed, manufactured and sold by around 170 employees. Software is also included in the portfolio of the company. The US headquarters is located in Anaheim, CA, where more than 20 people are employed.

Phoenix Contact and Etherwan started cooperating about 15 years ago with the development of a portfolio of products for the use of Ethernet in industrial communication. This cooperation will now be intensified in the joint undertaking to fulfil the requirements of Industrie 4.0 and to develop the competence centre of network technology of the Phoenix Contact Group together. 

“Industrial communication is a key technology for the digitalization”, says Roland Bent, CTO of Phoenix Contact. “Etherwan and Phoenix Contact complement each other perfectly with their different strengths in different markets and different industrial industries. Now, we have achieved a global appearance and product portfolio to effectively conquer further markets.”

The corporate name remains unchanged; the same applies to the sites. The transaction is subject to approval by the local Investment Commission Taiwan.

Phoenix Contact - www.phoenixcontact.com

Etherwan System - www.etherwan.com