KSB provides pumps and valves for a broad range of technical applications. Diverse activities for the development of KSB’s own products and refinement of its existing products form the basis of our long-term success. In 2016 we again made use of our research and development capacity at our centres in Europe, Asia and the USA. Our expenses in this area totalled approximately € 51 million for the year under review. This equates to about 2 % of our sales revenue.
Our work was focused on hydraulics and materials technology, as well as automation and drives. We also looked at the smart networking of pumps, valves and motors. Linking hydraulic and electronic systems opens up approaches for services of the kind that our customers expect in the context of Industry 4.0
In terms of material research, we tested and explored the use of new materials for sealing elements and plain bearings. This involved intensive cooperation with external organisations and institutions of higher education, making important steps forward in extending the service life of these components.