Our trade show dates 2019

Broetje-Automation is exhibitor at the following trade fairs. We are looking forward to welcoming you!

JEC World
Paris, France
International Composites Event
March 12 - 14, 2019
Hall 5, Booth G67

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Charleston, SC, USA
March 26 – 28, 2019
Booth #304

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Hannover Messe Industrie
Hannover, Germany
April 01 - 05, 2019

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Automate 2019
Chicago, USA
April 08 - 11, 2019
Booth 9253

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Paris Le Bourget Airshow
Paris, France
June 17 - 23, 2019

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MAKS 2019 - International Aviation and Space Salon
Moskau, Russia
July 23 - 28, 2019

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Bordeaux, France
September 24 - 28, 2019
Booth #39/40, 46/47

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China International Import Expo
Shanghai, China
November 05 - 10, 2019

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Norbert Steinkemper
Communication and Marketing


Changes in Broetje-Automation management

The Supervisory Board and the Management Board of Broetje-Automation herein announces a change in the leadership of the company.  Effective 1 January 2019, Mr. Lutz Neugebauer has taken over as Chief Executive Officer of the Broetje-Automation Group. He succeeds Mr. Bernd Schröder, who has managed the company for the last 12 years.

Mr. Neugebauer has been with the company since 1991 and has held various management positions. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer and as a member of the management board. With him, an experienced manager assumes responsibility for the group.

Under the management of Mr. Schröder, Broetje-Automation has developed into an international group of companies with over 850 employees at 24 locations in seven countries. He led Broetje-Automation to above-average growth in a challenging market environment. In addition to expanding the product portfolio (Operations Tooling, CFRP Technology, Assembly Lines, Sealing Automation) the international footprint (above all USA, China, Japan, Russia) was also significantly expanded.

The relocation into a new headquarters in Loy was completed in 2015. This change as well as many years of experience from various customer projects were used to reorganize internal processes, develop new products and further improve performance.

The Supervisory Board would like to thank Mr. Bernd Schröder for his work and commitment and wishes him, Mr. Neugebauer, and the entire management team every success in the future. Mr. Schröder will be available to the company with his experience as an advisory capacity.


From riveting automation to Cobots - Broetje Automation celebrates 40 years of innovation for aerospace manufacturing

Rastede/Loy. 2019 will be a special year for the Broetje-Automation Group: The mechanical engineering company from the German North-West looks back on 40 successful years as a specialist in manufacturing and assembly technology for the aviation industry.

Since the foundation of the company in 1979, Broetje-Automation has established as a turnkey supplier in the aviation industry worldwide. With over 850 employees at 24 locations in seven countries, the company today offers a comprehensive portfolio of manufacturing technologies for a wide variety of materials and applications in the aviation industry.

The company began forty years ago with manufacturing systems for the automotive industry, but quickly focused on applications for the aviation industry. The equipment, often developed in collaboration with partners and customers, laid the foundation for the leading drilling and riveting technology expertise the company is known for worldwide. This success is also based on a well-established network of suppliers and technology partners as well as an intensive dialogue with customers worldwide. For more than 10 years, Broetje-Automation has also been leveraging the state initiative Niedersachsen Aviation with its good network in Northern Germany.

The group has grown as a comprehensive provider of all types of manufacturing solutions up to complete production systems for the aerospace industry. Over the years, the product portfolio has been expanded to include further applications such as operational tooling, fully automated CFRP technology, sealing automation and assembly lines / assembly systems. Since 2013, Broetje-Automation has established BA Services GmbH as an independent unit to support customers worldwide in the service of production systems.

Broetje-Automation is one of the drivers for the implementation of Industry 4.0 in the aerospace industry, with the in-house development of a comprehensive software package ranging all the way to complex assembly/line management, which for the first time offers an integrated software solution for cross-machine production optimization.

The various robot systems that are revolutionizing production technology also play a special role here. As early as 2016 Broetje-Automation has introduced "PowerRACe", the world's first robot specifically developed for the aviation industry. In contrast to standard industrial robots, it is capable of meeting the demanding precision and stability requirements of the aerospace industry.

Broetje-Automation is also a driver of innovation in another robotics trend: Collaborative robots, so-called COBOTs, are intelligent tools that close the gap between manual work on the shop floor and fully automated large-scale systems. Broetje-Automation has already successfully demonstrated various applications in aircraft production. The spectrum ranges from pure assembly support to more complex operations such as drilling, riveting or sealing.

With the constant further development of its service portfolio, the traditional company is well equipped for the next 40 years of innovation in aircraft production.

PowerRACe is the first robot specifically designed for applications in the aerospace industry developed by Broetje-Automation. Photo: Broetje-Automation GmbH
The success story of Broetje-Automation began in 1979 with a Flexiport loading system for the automotive industry. Photo: Broetje-Automation GmbH


Strong presence for Broetje-Automation in China

Exhibiting at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai and the Airshow China, Broetje-Automation was present at two leading international trade fairs.

SHANGHAI/ZHUHAI. The Chinese market is becoming increasingly important for the international aerospace industry. Broetje-Automation has been present in this market for many years. This year Broetje-Automation took part in two leading international trade fairs in China in order to further expand customer and supplier relationships and deepen existing partnerships.

The Airshow China in Zhuhai is the largest and most important trade show for the aerospace industry in China and is actively supported by the Chinese central government. Besides showcasing the latest products and initiating business relationships within the industry, the show also includes numerous conferences on current developments and technologies in the aviation industry as well as an extensive flight program. The exhibition takes place every two years in Zhuhai, China.

Broetje-Automation was present at the Airshow China for the third time. As part of the German Pavilion organised by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI) in cooperation with the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA) and the Federal Association of the German Aerospace Industry (BDLI), Broetje-Automation presented its extensive product range for automated production processes in the aerospace industry. With 33 exhibitors, the German Pavilion was a great success and received the "Outstanding Pavilion Award" for its good joint appearance.

Another highlight for Broetje-Automation was the participation in the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, which took place for the first time. More than 3,600 exhibitors from over 172 countries took the opportunity to position themselves for future business in the booming Chinese market. The presence of German industry at CIIE was also impressive: in addition to Broetje-Automation, 170 companies from Germany were represented at the Import Expo in Shanghai.

Holger Mayländer, Chief Sales Officer, was satisfied with the trade show appearances in China: "The Chinese market is one of our strategic growth markets. We were able to make numerous new contacts and had good discussions at both trade fairs. We met with many of our customers on site. The perfectly organized German Pavilion under the umbrella of the Federal Ministry of Economics was very helpful for this".

Broetje-Automation is the world's leading expert for specialized production processes in the aerospace industry. 850 employees, located worldwide, plan and implement highly efficient solutions for the assembly of aircraft. The spectrum ranges from individual tools to a wide variety of assembly systems, from composite manufacturing to turnkey applications of entire manufacturing systems. Broetje-Automation is thus able to offer efficient turnkey production solutions for all aircraft types.


Broetje-Automation among the TOP 10 Robotics Solution Providers 2018

CIO Applications Magazine recognizes Broetje-Automation for providing solutions transforming the aerospace industry.

Robotics and automation have become an integral part of today's industrial manufacturing environment. As a multidisciplinary technology that brings together mechanical and electrical engineering, software and IT, robotics integrates traditional manufacturing solutions with new cutting-edge technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things under the umbrella of the much-discussed Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0). This trend is creating new opportunities in many production-related industries such as the aerospace and automotive industries.

Broetje-Automation has been driving robotics forward with its products together with customers, research partners and suppliers in the aviation industry for 40 years. The magazine "CIO Applications" has therefore listed Broetje-Automation in its annual "TOP 10 Robotics Solution Providers 2018" award.

Dr. Axel Peters, Chief Technology Officer at Broetje-Automation, explains the current technological developments at Broetje-Automation in a guest article. With the "PowerRACe" it Broetje has developed a robot tailored to the individual needs of the aviation industry. PowerRACe offers up to 50% better efficiency and performance compared to traditional robot solutions.

Read the full interview here

Learn more about PowerRACEe

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Our trade fair dates 2018

Broetje-Automation is exhibitor at the following trade fairs

We are looking forward to welcoming you!

JEC World 
Paris, France 
International Composites Event
March 06. - 08., 2018
Hall 5, Booth E56

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ILA Berlin
Berlin, Deutschland
April 25. – 29., 2018

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China International Import Expo
Shanghai, China
05. - 10. November 2018

Airshow China
Zhuhai, China
November 06. – 11., 2018
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Our trade fair dates 2017

Broetje-Automation is exhibitor at the following trade fairs


We are looking forward to welcoming you!


JEC World
Paris, France
International Composites Event
March 14. - 16., 2017
Hall 5a, Booth E46/E54

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MAKS 2017
Moscow, Russia
July 18. – 23., 2017
Comment booth with BDLI

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China Composites Expo 2017
Shanghai, China
September 06. – 08., 2017


SAE 2017 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition
Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, USA
September 26. – 28., 2017
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Broetje-Automation welcomes new shareholder Shanghai Electric

On October 20th., Shanghai Electric Group (SEC) has acquired a 100-percent stake in Broetje-Automation GmbH, from Deutsche Beteiligungs AG (DBAG), DÜRR AG and minor shareholders.

Shanghai Electric ( is a diversified company listed in China (both in Shanghai and Hong Kong), operating in the sectors of new energy equipment, high efficiency and clean energy, industrial equipment and modern services.

The investment in Broetje-Automation is targeted at expanding the company’s activities in the area of automation technology. Broetje-Automation will act as the lead company in the new business field “Aerospace Automation".

Broetje-Automation has been operating in China for more than six years and is meanwhile providing the entire product portfolio there. Shanghai Electric is our preferred partner, since it will support the independent development of Broetje-Automation in Europe, USA, China, Russia and Japan.

Shanghai Electric will also support Broetje-Automation in reaching our growth objectives in the most attractive and fastest growing aircraft markets in the world. Together we will ensure our world market‘s leadership for drilling/riveting machines and push on the divisions Assembly and Services to global leaders.


BA Japan K.K.

Foundation of BA Japan K.K. in Nagoya

In the last decades Broetje-Automation has successfully installed a large number of automated fastening systems in Japan. To strengthen our local presence in Japan and to enhance our repair, maintenance and upgrade services to our installed base and future machines, BA Japan K.K. was founded end 2015 in Nagoya.
With this set-up we will improve our communication with business partners and customers and support for future sales projects. BA Japan K.K. will consequently hire new staff and intensively train them in the headquarters. In Nagoya we made our first step to directly serve the majority of our installations. Further steps we will be able to serve every Japanese customer site.


Broetje-Automation moves into new Headquarters

The time has come. After five years of planning and one year of intensive construction, the new Broetje-Automation Headquarters are complete. Consisting of a new production hall; a four storey administration building; and a staff restaurant, the headquarters have been built on approximately 35,000 m2 land situated at the industrial area of the motorway junction Oldenburg-Nord.

Around 450 Broetje-Automation employees will be working together in Rastede.  Previously the employees were based on two sites.  One of these sites was in Jaderburg, where the Services and R&D divisions were based.  The second site was in Wiefelstede, which was home to the Production, Administration and Consulting divisions.

“Greater flexibility and faster reaction times will be necessary in the future in order to address the rising challenges of the market.” said Bernd Schröder, the CEO of Broetje-Automation.  “For this reason, we are removing the physical separation of the two sites and combining our Know-How to one group headquarters, which has been built based on the latest findings of labour research.”  Shorter lines of communication between the individual areas; more flexible production; and an improved flow of material will enable customer orders to be processed faster than ever.

“Our Company has grown tremendously in recent years – we urgently require space for more work areas.” reports Bernd Schröder.  “At the new location we are able to offer our employees individual work areas and provide them with a pleasant working environment.  The work of our Project Teams is also going to play a more central role in the future; therefore the work stations and meeting areas will be more interlinked.”

Using the latest technology, the meeting areas in the new premises have been designed as interactive spaces.  This encourages both global exchange between the different business locations, and collaboration with international customers.  Additionally, “Quiet Areas”, and so called “Think-Tanks” will be available to enable the employees to work without disruption. 

“The attractiveness of the work areas and the tasks themselves will be raised to new levels in all departments.   This, in turn, will contribute to the success of the Company.” continues Schröder.

Gutperle Grundbesitz GmbH from Viernheim, was secured as an experienced rental investor.  With a focus on commercial real estate, this investor has managed over one hundred properties over the last four decades, and currently rents around 700,000 m2 of building space.  In recent years, property projects for the Mars Group, Daimler AG, Lidl and the Deutsche Telekom have been implemented.

This cooperation is a secure basis for the future planning of Broetje-Automation in the long term.

Freytag & v.d. Linde Gmbh from Oldenburg carried out the construction management.  Due to particularly good cooperation, and a great commitment from the company, all time schedules were met and the building could be occupied as planned.

“A huge thank you to all the companies and individuals involved in the construction, as well as to our employees, who, with their ideas and commitment, have contributed to the success of reaching this milestone in our Company history.” emphasised Bernd Schröder.  The Company is looking forward to continuing to write its success story as a leading global manufacturer of production systems for the Aerospace Industry.     

The new address is as follows: 

Broetje-Automation GmbH      
Am Autobahnkreuz 14                
26180 Rastede
Telefon: 04402-966-0 
Telefax: 04402-966-290