New Automation Technology
Beckhoff implements open automation systems using PC-based control technology. The product spectrum comprises these main areas: Industrial PCs, I/O and fieldbus components, drive technology and automation software. Product series are available for all areas, which can be used as individual components or function collectively as a complete, harmonized control system. Our New Automation Technology philosophy stands for universal and open control and automation solutions that are used worldwide in a wide variety of applications ranging from CNC machine tools to intelligent building automation systems.
PC-based control technology
Since Beckhoff’s foundation in 1980, the development of innovative products and solutions on the basis of PC-based control technology has been the foundation of the company's continued success. We recognized many standards in automation technology that are taken for granted today at an early stage and successfully introduced to the market as innovations. Beckhoff’s philosophy of PC-based control as well as the invention of the Lightbus system and automation software are milestones in automation technology and have proven themselves as powerful alternatives to traditional control technology. , the real-time Ethernet solution, provides a powerful and future-oriented technology for a new generation of control concepts.
Beckhoff Automation at a glance
- 2020 worldwide sales: €923 million (+2%)
- Headquarters: Verl, Germany
- Managing owner: Hans Beckhoff
- Employees worldwide: 4,500
- Engineers: 1,900
- Subsidiaries/representative offices worldwide: 39
- Sales offices in Germany: 22
- Representatives worldwide: >75
Worldwide presence on all continents
The corporate headquarters of Beckhoff Automation GmbH & Co. KG in Verl, Germany, is the site of the central departments such as development, production, administration, sales, marketing, support and service. Beckhoff’s presence in the international market is guaranteed by its subsidiaries. Beckhoff is represented in more than 75 countries by worldwide cooperation partners.
With representation in Canada since 2001, Beckhoff opened its first branch office in the Greater Toronto Area in 2005. Originally a Beckhoff USA subsidiary, Beckhoff Automation Ltd. was established in 2017 to be its own independent Canadian subsidiary reporting directly to Beckhoff Germany. Led by managing director Calvin Wallace, Beckhoff Canada currently employs over 25 staff members, with headquarters located in Mississauga, Ontario and additional regional offices in Laval, Quebec (2017) and Burnaby, British Columbia (2019).
In January 2021, Beckhoff Canada will be moving to a new, world-class facility in Cambridge, Ontario. With a New Automation Technology showroom, a professional training facility, and an innovation lab, the new headquarters will strengthen the Beckhoff sales, service, and support network in Ontario and throughout Canada.