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Festo has announced it will showcase more than 80 new products at the Hanover Fair 2009.

These products will include energy saving and eco-friendly technology and bionics, to help customers sharpen their competitive edge.

Festo has also developed mechatronic systems, which open up new opportunities for adaptive and flexible production.

There will also be a strong focus on pneumatic safety functions, which make engineering simpler, faster and safer, in compliance with new machine guidelines.

Festo has increased the efficiency of many of its products by using design principles including future technologies such as nano and piezo, alternative materials and miniaturisation.

A further focus area in product development is energy efficiency.

Festo can supply energy-saving products and services and innovative new materials and software concepts that minimise the effort of production monitoring.

In biomechatronics, Festo is testing new approaches that control and regulate autonomous bionic systems, including smart system-integration and the use of cutting-edge communication technologies.

New gripper technologies for flexible and adaptive gripping in the handling industry have been developed with the aid of bionic design approaches.

The mechatronic development process is based on a multi-technology platform for the simultaneous development of mechanics, electronics and software for machines and handling solutions.

The company can thus offer technology-spanning automation solutions – pneumatic, electric, servo-pneumatic, electro-mechanical or bionic.

In 2007 and 2008, Festo invested approximately EUR165m (GBP148.6m) in its research and development facilities.

The main focus was on expanding new business fields, such as laboratory automation, medical engineering, the solar and flat-panel industry and mobile pneumatics, as well as the company’s electric drives, process automation and didactic businesses.

Festo also offers excellent training and consultancy expertise.

About Festo

Festo manufactures pneumatic and electrical components and systems to support customers with factory and process automation. The company has an annual turnover in excess of 1.7 billion Euro, employs 12,800 people around the world and has facilities in 176 countries around the world. Festo operates an aggressive R&D programme investing 7.5% of sales annually, holds over 2,800 worldwide patents, introduces about 100 innovative new products to the market every year and has a product range of over 30,000. For more information about the company’s products and services, please visit our website.  

About Festo Didactic

Festo Didactic, the training and consultancy division of Festo, supports organisations seeking to develop competencies in sales & service, leadership, employee engagement, change management, team-working, coaching, business planning, production processes and automation technology. The division has particular expertise in working with manufacturing and engineering businesses. It has a full time workforce of over 200 and operates in 70 countries worldwide. Each year, it manages more than 230 consultancy projects and runs more than 2,900 open courses in 26 languages, involving some 42,000 participants. For more information about Festo Didactic, please visit the Festo website and follow the link.

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