Presentation of Q2 2020 Interim Report

FLSmidth | July 24, 2020

The Interim Report is due to be released on 4 August 2020 around 8:00 CET and will be available at.The presentation will take place on 4 August 2020 at 11:00 am CET. Mr. Thomas Schulz (CEO) and Mr. Roland M. Andersen (CFO) will comment on the report and developments in the Group. The presentation will be followed by a Q&A-session.

Spotlight

Autonomous vehicles, such as automated guided vehicles (AGV) and automated guided vehicle systems (AGVS) require individual safety solutions. To guarantee efficient processes in a logistics or production environment, downtimes must be prevented, for example. The video provides an overview of how manufacturers benefit from cooperation with Pilz in the safe automation of automated guided vehicle systems:

  • With our complete, one-stop safety solution, you save time and costs(consultation from initial concept through to commissioning).
  • Robust components enable high availability 
  • Open interfaces guarantee high flexibility


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Autonomous vehicles, such as automated guided vehicles (AGV) and automated guided vehicle systems (AGVS) require individual safety solutions. To guarantee efficient processes in a logistics or production environment, downtimes must be prevented, for example. The video provides an overview of how manufacturers benefit from cooperation with Pilz in the safe automation of automated guided vehicle systems:

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  • Robust components enable high availability 
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