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2016/06/15 Corporate News

Expansion of successful strategic cooperation

Following in Wilo’s footsteps, Arvato is to also invest in Smart Home specialist wibutler

Contract signing (f.l.t.r): Sergej Klassen (minority shareholder iExergy), Mathias Weyers (WILO SE, Senior VP Group Finance & Legal), Dr Markus Beukenberg (WILO SE, CTO), Arne Feldmeier (CEO iExergy), Helmut Kakakis (Arvato, VP Business Development and Sales), Jörg Dethlefs (Arvato, Director Business Development and Sales), Stefan Adam (Transfergesellschaft der FH Münster), Eric Lachambre (WILO SE, COO)

Münster. Following the lead of pump manufacturer Wilo, Bertelsmann subsidiary Arvato SCM Solutions is also investing in a minority stake in the Smart Home solution wibutler.

Two strong partners that have already achieved success in the Smart Home sector are thus joining forces. Alongside Arvato, the Dortmund-based Wilo Group – one of the world’s leading manufacturers of pumps and pump systems – has been involved since as early as 2014 with wibutler and its software and hardware developer iEXERGY.

“Having Wilo and Arvato as strategic partners means that along with the skilled crafts sector, we can jointly promote strategic cooperation in order to widely establish ourselves on the market”, explains Arne Feldmeier, Managing Director of iEXERGY.

Consisting of a central unit, the wibutler operating system, and an intuitive app for controlling the system, the wibutler platform ensures interoperability and simplicity. By supporting different radio standards, among other things, hundreds of products from various manufacturers are compatible ex works. For some time now, the supported product portfolio has also included the pumps and pump systems that form part of the Wilo Group’s heating, cooling, and air-conditioning systems. “Through our collaboration with iEXERGY and Arvato, we would like to strengthen our application know-how and further expand our systems expertise”, says Oliver Hermes, CEO of the Wilo Group. “Currently, for example, we are working on the way in which our high-efficiency pumps interact with further building automation components.” Wilo is the first and currently only pump manufacturer worldwide to offer a complete Smart Home-enabled portfolio for the building services sector.

The Telecommunications Division of Arvato SCM Solutions expects that in the future it won’t only be telecommunication groups, but in particular insurers, energy suppliers, housing companies, security providers, and also outpatient care services who will offer Smart-Home applications and services. It is by developing these new areas of operation that the Arvato telecommunications division will support iEXERGY. As Helmut Kakakis, Vice President of the Telecommunications Division at Arvato SCM Solutions explains, the possibilities could be endless: “If, for example, consumers use a stop valve, which detects a break in a pipe due to a reduced water flow, then the water can be turned off automatically. Consumers using a Smart Home solution could therefore benefit from more favourable insurance tariffs.”

Together, all of the parties agree that combining the expertise of iEXERGY (wibutler), Wilo and Arvato puts them in an excellent starting position to help achieve a breakthrough in the Smart Home and Smart Living market.