Voith announces partnership with Kudelski Group, changes to North American management

Voith and the Kudelski Group are partnering to deliver solutions to secure connected technologies for industrial markets in North America.

The convergence of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) environments enables operational efficiencies, new business models and data intelligence to drive predictive maintenance and better decision-making, Voith says. However, this convergence also presents mounting cybersecurity and business continuity challenges. The Kudelski/Voith partnership will provide end-to-end products and services, utilizing the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), to deliver secure connectivity across the entire business operation, according to a press release.

The partnership will leverage the Kudelski IoT Security Suite. The Kudelski Group has more than 30 years of experience designing software- and hardware-based security solutions, as well as deep cybersecurity expertise through its advisory consulting teams and managed services that are delivered through Cyber Fusion Centers in Switzerland and the U.S.

“This partnership will bring added protections to Voith’s customers,” said Michael Rhodes, senior vice president sales for North America, Voith Digital Ventures. “Both Voith and Kudelski have deep expertise in IIoT systems. This team will deliver world-class cybersecurity offerings to businesses as they embrace digitalization and automation.”

The goal of the Voith/Kudelski partnership is to develop tangible products and services that support customers with their digital transformation journey and reliably protect their industrial environments from new and emerging cybersecurity and physical security threats, Voith says.

The initial offering will center around advisory services and managed security services.

The Voith Group works in the markets of energy (including hydro), oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive.  

In addition, also recently announced, Voith Hydro Inc., in York, Pa., U.S., has changed the management boards of its U.S. and Canadian operations. Voith Hydro Inc. and Voith Hydro Inc. Brossard, Quebec, are now operating with the same management board members for both companies. The management board members are:

  • Stanley J. Kocon, President and Chief Executive Officer
  • Uwe Novak, Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer
  • John Seifarth, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer
  • William Malus, Senior Vice President and Chief Sales Officer

The Group Division Voith Hydro is part of the Voith Group and is a supplier for equipping hydropower plants. Voith develops solutions and services for large and small hydro plants all over the world.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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