ABB’s new energy-efficient synchronous reluctance motor and drive package has won the 2011 Automation Award. The package represents a breakthrough that combines best-in-class energy efficiency and customer value. The Automation Award is the most important prize in the automation sector in Germany, being presented every year at the SPS/IPC/DRIVES trade show in Nuremberg, Germany.

The Automation Award has become the ‘Oscar’ of the automation sector. An independent jury made up of recognised specialists had nominated 10 products in the run-up period. Out of these ‘Top 10 products’ the visitors could choose the winning innovation during the trade show.