The magazine of Friedhelm Loh Group

The magazine of Friedhelm Loh Group

Expansion of partner programme


Alexander Bürkle, Rittal and Eplan have already been working in close collaboration for some years. In July, this collaboration was taken to the next level. The technology service provider, which is based in Baden-Württemberg, is now the world’s first “Rittal + Eplan Application Center Partner” – and is thus a springboard for increasing efficiency and productivity for the entire industry.

Text Jannick Bangard ––– Photography

Driving the transformation of the industry through partnerships – this is the aim of the Rittal and Eplan partnership programme, which is currently being expanded in a variety of formats. These include the “Rittal + Eplan Application Center Partnership”, which was launched for the first time this summer with technology service provider Alexander Bürkle and implemented in the company’s new production centre in Malterdingen in Baden-Württemberg.

End-to-end digitalisation, from engineering to wiring. At Alexander Bürkle, the future of the industry has already begun.


Center, which has now also been installed at a number of Rittal locations, is that it gives customers a direct, on-site opportunity to try out and experience the efficiency benefits that can be achieved in the workflow along the entire value chain by combining hardware from Rittal and software from Eplan. In this case, Alexander Bürkle, with its extensive experience and expertise in automation, is the crucial multiplier. This all benefits the customer directly, since the partnership is based on the shared insight that the future of panel building and switchgear manufacturing lies in the consistent implementation of digital processes. “Our partners therefore act as a springboard for digitalising the entire industry. After all, what the industry needs is high speed and standardised quality – including when it comes to upgrading energy infrastructure and building technology. With partners such as Alexander Bürkle and our partner programme as a whole, we are going to drive this development,” says Uwe Scharf, Managing Director of Sales in Germany at Rittal.


The “Rittal + Eplan Application Center Partnership” with Alexander Bürkle is both the flagship and the model for the continued expansion of the partner programme. In our interview, Klemens Isenmann, Managing Director of Alexander Bürkle GmbH & Co. KG, and Thomas Basler, Managing Director of Alexander Bürkle panel solutions GmbH, explain how this close partnership was born of many years of collaboration and which benefits they see in this model, for both their companies and their customers.

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