Siemens acquires WA-based engineering firm JRB Engineering Pty Ltd and its associated entities.

Western Australian-based engineering firm JRB Engineering Pty Ltd and its associated entities (together “JRB”) have been purchased by Siemens AG, for an undisclosed sum.

Siemens, Europe’s largest industrial manufacturing company, has entered into a share purchase agreement with the WA-headquartered organisation, which is recognised for its suite of rail maintenance technologies.

JRB’s comprehensive portfolio of digitalized condition monitoring of rolling stock components and rail infrastructure will expand Siemens’ offering in the field of predictive maintenance based on digitalization. JRB will operate as a legally independent company within the Siemens Mobility Division.

Founded in 1996 by Dr James Blair, JRB was originally established to provide consultancy services to the rail and mining industries. The company soon began to develop and manufacture specifically designed instrumentation to alleviate commonly found maintenance issues within the rail industry. This foresight and willingness to innovate has now culminated in this exciting development.

“Our goal is to offer our customers even higher system availability. With this transaction, we are combining the digitalization of service-relevant data with the data analytics system and expertise of Siemens that is unique in the industry. Together, we will lead the rail industry into the digital future,” Dr Blair said.

Dr Blair heads a team of around 150 highly qualified specialists, based at the company’s premises in West Perth and Derby (United Kingdom). Following completion of the sale, this team will continue as a key research and development hub for Siemens worldwide mobility division.

Siemens is a recognised world leader in innovation and strives to be on the cutting edge of knowledge and technology used in industry today.

“Siemens is focusing on condition-based and preventive maintenance. The digital monitoring of components and systems combined with the analysis of the resulting Big Data by our system experts enables these experts to spot sources of problems at an early stage. With JRB, we are gaining a highly competent partner for collecting a full spectrum of measurement data related to rail systems – as the basis of our central diagnostics system,” said Siemens rail service business CEO Johannes Emmelheinz.

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