ABB signs a memorandum of understanding with Werum IT solutions, the leading pharmaceutical MES supplier

Collaboration on a joint solution complements ABB's control systems offering with the latest MES (Manufacturing Execution Systems) technology for life science industries

Zurich, Switzerland, September 24, 2015 - ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, today announced that it has signed a memorandum of understanding with leading pharmaceutical MES supplier, Werum IT Solutions GmbH based in Lüneburg, Germany, to collaborate on control system solutions for life science industries. These solutions will enable customers to benefit from leading industry expertise for process control systems (DCS) and production management software.

Werum IT Solutions is the world's leading supplier of manufacturing execution systems (MES) and manufacturing IT solutions for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. The PAS-X, out-of-the-box software product is operating in approximately 800 installations of the world's pharmaceutical and biotech companies. Manufacturing IT products from Werum IT Solutions help pharmaceutical manufacturers increase efficiency, improve productivity, and meet regulatory requirements. Founded in 1969, Werum IT Solutions employs about 420 people at its headquarters in Lüneburg, Germany, and at ten other locations in Europe, America and Asia.

The collaboration on the joint solution complements ABB's control systems offering with the latest MES technology, which is seen as a key component for efficient production workflows in the life science industry. By bringing together both offerings, ABB and Werum IT Solutions will be able to deliver full scope engineering and validation solutions according to the GAMP5 guideline, and comply with regulations, such as FDA (21 CFR part 11).

"Our customers will benefit from integrated solutions paving the way towards the factory of the future," said Rüdiger Schlierenkämper, CEO of Werum IT Solutions. "Werum IT Solutions, like ABB, is a sector leader. We look forward to working together with ABB on joint projects and to developing new ideas together. Driven by the innovative strength and global footprint of our two companies, we are well positioned to boost innovation for our customers around the globe."

"Werum's PAS-X MES solution combined with ABB's control systems will give our customers in the life science industries a seamless solution for their automation needs," said Ilpo Ruohonen, Managing Director of ABB's Control Technologies business unit. "This offering strengthens our portfolio for these rapidly growing industries."

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility, industry, and transport and infrastructure customers to improve their performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in roughly 100 countries and employs about 140,000 people.

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