US now biggest sales market for Endress+Hauser

After 65 years, the U.S. replaced Germany as Endress+Hauser’s largest sales market. China sales also grew at a double-digit pace. Company officials said that if the trend continues, China could soon take over the top spot. Overall, the company’s increased net sales by 9.5% to €2.455 billion ($2.73 billion), despite facing strong headwinds from foreign exchange rates.

Operating profit (EBIT) increased by 31.4% to €330.6 million. Even though no one-off income was recognized in 2018, in contrast to the prior year, profit before taxes (EBT) still rose by 14.6 percent to €15.7 million. Return on sales (ROS) climbed 0.6 points to 12.9 percent.

Water’s Worth It materials available in Spanish and French

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) translated its Water’s Worth It campaign fact sheets, ads and social media graphics into Spanish and French. These materials help WEF’s international members share the story of water in Canada, Mexico, Latin America and Europe, as well as bilingual communities within the U.S.

BASF selects Emerson to modernize German chemical plant

BASF awarded Emerson a multimillion-dollar contract to modernize automation software and controllers at its specialty chemical production facility in Lampertheim, Germany. BASF will implement Emerson’s new hybrid automation solution, replacing existing programmable logic controllers (PLCs) with Emerson’s DeltaV PK Controller. The technology integrates into BASF’s existing DeltaV automation system, which will reduce the cost, time and complexity of modernizing the automation system; minimize startup time for new production batches and make switching production easier.