A developer and manufacturer of drive technology, NORD DRIVESYSTEMS employs some 3,200 people and is one of the world's leading suppliers of full-scale, comprehensive drive solutions. The company was founded in 1965 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. NORD's portfolio ranges from standard drives to customized solutions for demanding application requirements, e.g. based on energy-efficient or explosion-protected drives. Gross sales amounted to EUR 500 mn in the 2014 business year. Subsidiaries in 36 countries around the world and an extensive distribution and service network ensure minimal lead times and provide customer-oriented services wherever needed on short notice. NORD’s wide variety of gear types covers torques from 10 Nm to 242,000 Nm and more. The company also supplies motors with outputs from .12 kW to 1,000 kW and manufactures frequency inverters. NORD's inverter line-up features conventional models for installation in control cabinets as well as design types for fully integrated drive units in decentralized automation environments.