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HIMA Group showcases new pipeline management solution

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Global Hydrogen Review,

The HIMA Group, a family-owned company and provider of safety-related automation solutions, has concluded a successful year and its solution portfolio for the process industry will be further expanded.

The integration of Sella Controls, which was acquired in February 2023, increased sales by a total of 20%. "Our growth strategy, which is based on the digitalisation of functional safety with added value in parallel with international expansion, paid off in 2023," said Jörg de la Motte, CEO of the HIMA Group.

"HIMA continued to grow profitably in 2023 – for our shareholders this is a good basis for further investments," added Dr. Michael Löbig, CFO of the HIMA Group. By region, Europe dominates the business of the HIMA Group with a 55% share of sales. This is followed by Asia (20%) and the Middle East (17%). The Americas account for 8% of sales.

The HIMA Group is continuing its international expansion. Following the acquisition of Sella Controls in the UK last year, the HIMA Group also acquired the Norwegian technology company, Origo Solutions, in February 2024. "Sella Controls and Origo Solutions are making a significant contribution to taking the HIMA Group’s solution portfolio to a new level internationally," explained Jörg de la Motte.

HIMA received a major order from the Norwegian energy company, Equinor, for the supply of equipment to both onshore and offshore plants. The development of the new SCADA+ system by Origo Solutions expands HIMA's capabilities into the field of renewables.

The local presence was expanded with new locations in Saudi Arabia and the expansion of the group companies in Slovakia and the Middle East. A subsidiary in India will be opened before the end of 2024. In countries where the HIMA Group does not have its own company, the partner programme is being expanded as qualified partners extend the company’s engineering and support capabilities.

HIMA continues to drive the digitalisation of functional safety in the process industry. At ACHEMA 2024, HIMA presented five showcases and numerous new products. For example, HIMA presented the Smart Safety Test and the fully digitalised training platform, Safety Navigator. In addition to its digitalisation solutions, the company has further developed its pipeline management solution, FLOWorX. This can now also be used to monitor and secure hydrogen pipelines. Hydrogen pipelines pose significantly increased risks compared to conventional pipelines. The new solution allows operators to minimise these and locate leaks immediately. In cooperation with the security specialist, genua, HIMA protects against cyberattack scenarios and achieves compliance with the KAS 51 guideline (Commission for Plant Safety) with genua’s products. Further regional expansions and product innovations are planned for 2024, including a new safe HMI with fail-safe display and button function.

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