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ifm

The ifm Advantage

ifm focuses on innovative solutions at
affordable costs. by roger varma

xclusive feature

ifm and its employees are
driven by a dedication to
help its customers become
more successful.

ifm was founded in Germany in
1969 by two innovators: Robert Buck,
who was responsible for technology;
and Gerd Marhofer, who led sales and
marketing. Their vision was to bring
solid-state sensors to the industrial
market that would have a positive impact on improving efficiency and decreasing downtime.
"The core philosophy of ifm is to
focus on innovative solutions that
disrupt existing technology and offer value at a cost that customers can
afford. We call this sellable innovation," says Roger Varma, CEO of ifm's
U.S. operations.
At its core, ifm is a sensor company
marketing its products in numerous
industries including automotive, food
and beverage, alternative energy and
water treatment. Sensors are becoming more and more important in the
manufacturing process, as data becomes increasingly vital to the building of smarter factories for tomorrow's needs.
Varma joined ifm in 1989. "Over
that time, I have had the privilege of
growing with the organization to my
current position of CEO," he says.
"I've been inspired to stay with ifm
throughout my career as we have always focused on long range strategies
and growth."
It is not uncommon in ifm to find individuals who joined the company out

ifm / www.ifm.com / Projected 2018 revenue: $900 million worldwide / U.S. headquarters: Malvern, Pa. / Employees: 250 / Specialty: Sensors and Controls / ifm: "We strive to be diverse both with our product offering and in the industries we serve."

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