Red Lion Controls Acquires MB connect line

By Craig Resnick

Acquisition or Partnership

Red Lion Controls, an operating company of UK-based Spectris plc, announced the acquisition of MB connect line GmbH, a provider of solutions that enable secure connection of machines and plants for remote access, data collection, and M2M-communication. The addition of MB connect line supports Red Lion’s MB connect linestrategy to help deliver more secure, easier-to-use edge connectivity solutions designed to better enable organizations worldwide to gain more secure real-time data visibility that drives productivity.

Headquartered in Dinkelsbühl, Germany, MB connect line is a provider of Secure Remote Access, Industrial IoT, and Industrial Security services. MB connect line’s secured hardware and software solutions help to enhance Red Lion’s modular and rugged industrial automation and networking technology.

The addition of MB connect line builds on the strategic collaboration announced between the two companies in 2019. The acquisition expands Red Lion’s portfolio by adding a full complement of products from an industry recognized provider of industrial cybersecurity and offers customers a Remote Service Portal for remote monitoring and remote configuration. Customers will be able to better meet the demands of industrial environments and further strengthen their operational resiliency with more secure remote access solutions.

Craig Resnick, ARC Advisory Group, commented, “As digital transformation continues to accelerate, manufacturers and processors seek industrial solutions that provide real-time seamless and secure connectivity of their assets, controllers and edge devices to enable their initiatives, such as IT/OT convergence; remote access, visibility, control, maintenance and data collection; industrial IIoT, and cloud. The combination of Red Lion’s industrial automation hardware, software and networking technology along with MB connect line will help its customers accelerate their digital transformation journey, while at the same time increasing their operational resilience and sustainability by providing real-time secure remote access and connectivity ranging from the supply chain to operations and extending to its customers.”

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