Schneider Electric and ProLeiT join forces to accelerate digital transformation in the process industry

Ratingen, 04. August 2020 – Schneider Electric is expanding its portfolio through the acquisition of ProLeiT AG, reinforcing the commitment to holistic and software-supported automation.

After approval by the anti-trust authorities, Schneider Electric acquired ProLeiT AG, a provider for industrial automation, process control technology and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) for the Food and Beverage Industries. ProLeiT is headquartered in Herzogenaurach, Germany and operates globally in ten locations with over 500 employees worldwide. With the acquisition of the software manufacturer, Schneider is gaining a company whose solutions and industry expertise will enable further market penetration, particularly in the consumer goods (CPG) and food & beverage (F&B) sectors. With the addition of the ProLeiT software portfolio, as part of the Digital Plant business, Schneider Electric’s EcoStruxure Plant platform will be further enhanced to help drive digital transformation for customers by providing improved productivity and efficiency for both energy and process.

ProLeiT’s Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) and Process Control Systems (PCS), Plant iT and brewmaxx, are based on more than 30 years of technical expertise and in-depth industry knowledge. "We are pleased to become part of Schneider Electric with our team of experts", says Wolfgang Ebster, CEO of ProLeiT AG. ProLeiT’s software specifically addresses F&B industries such as breweries and dairies and will enhance the EcoStruxure platform by offering native connection to the Modicon programmable logic controllers and AVEVA software offers. For ProLeiT’s customers, the acquisition means extended access to Schneider Electric components that create a holistic solution, including controllers, drives, networked measurement and control components, and complete low-voltage systems.

In this digital economy, software will play a leading role in the automation, optimization and management of industrial plants. Peter Herweck, Executive Vice President, Industrial Automation of Schneider Electric is convinced: "With the integrated expertise of Schneider Electric and ProLeiT, we will help our customers advance their digital transformation while driving increased productivity and efficiency. In addition, we are accelerating market penetration in the Consumer Packaged Goods and Food & Beverage segments, in particular breweries and dairies, with our holistic EcoStruxure architecture - now complemented by ProLeiT".