Rockwell Automation, Inc. (the Company or Rockwell Automation) is a leading global provider of industrial automation power, control and information solutions that help manufacturers achieve a competitive advantage for their businesses. Our products and services are designed to meet our customers’ needs to reduce total cost of ownership, maximize asset utilization, improve time to market and reduce manufacturing business risk.
The Company was incorporated in Delaware in 1996 in connection with a tax-free reorganization completed on December 6, 1996, pursuant to which we divested our former aerospace and defense businesses (the A&D Business) to The Boeing Company (Boeing). In the reorganization, the former Rockwell International Corporation (RIC) contributed all of its businesses, other than the A&D Business, to the Company and distributed all capital stock of the Company to RIC’s shareowners. Boeing then acquired RIC. RIC was incorporated in 1928.
On January 31, 2007, we divested our Dodge mechanical and Reliance Electric motors and motor repair services businesses. These were the principal businesses of our former Power Systems operating segment. We sold these businesses to Baldor Electric Company (Baldor) for $1.8 billion, comprised of $1.75 billion in cash and approximately 1.6 million shares of Baldor common stock. During 2007, we reported an after-tax gain on the sale of $868.2 million ($5.39 per diluted share). The results of operations and gain on sale of these businesses are reported in income from discontinued operations in the Financial Statements for all periods presented.
As used herein, the terms “we”, “us”, “our”, the “Company” or “Rockwell Automation” include subsidiaries and predecessors unless the context indicates otherwise. Information included in this Annual Report on Form 10-K refers to our continuing businesses unless otherwise indicated.
Financial Statements and Supplementary Data (the Financial Statements), the information is incorporated in that Item by reference. All date references to years and quarters refer to our fiscal year and quarters unless otherwise stated.
We have two operating segments: Architecture & Software and Control Products & Solutions. In 2009, our total sales were $4.3 billion. Financial information with respect to our operating segments, including their contributions to sales and operating earnings for each of the three years in the period ended September 30, 2009, is contained under the caption Results of Operations in MD&A, and in Note 18 in the Financial Statements.
Our Architecture & Software operating segment is headquartered in Mayfield Heights, Ohio, and our Control Products & Solutions operating segment is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Both operating segments conduct business in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America.
Architecture & Software
Our Architecture & Software operating segment recorded sales of $1.7 billion (40 percent of our total sales) in 2009. The Architecture & Software segment contains all of the elements of our integrated control and information architecture capable of controlling the customer’s plant floor and connecting with their manufacturing enterprise. Architecture & Software has a broad portfolio of products, including:
•Control platforms that perform multiple control disciplines and monitoring of applications, including discrete, batch, continuous process, drives control, motion control and machine safety control. Our platform products include controllers, electronic operator interface devices, electronic input/output devices, communication and networking products, industrial computers and condition-based monitoring systems. The information-enabled Logix controllers provide integrated multi-discipline control that is modular and scaleable.
•Software products that include configuration and visualization software used to operate and supervise control platforms, advanced process control software and manufacturing execution software (MES) that addresses information needs between the factory floor and a customer’s enterprise business system. Examples of MES applications are production scheduling, asset management, tracking, genealogy and manufacturing business intelligence.
•Other Architecture & Software products, including rotary and linear motion control products, sensors and machine safety components.
The major competitors of our Architecture & Software operating segment include Siemens AG, Mitsubishi Corp., ABB Ltd, Honeywell International Inc., Schneider Electric SA and Emerson Electric Co.
Architecture & Software’s products are marketed primarily under the Allen-Bradley®, A-B®, Rockwell Software® and FactoryTalk® brand names. Major markets served include food and beverage, automotive, oil and gas, metals, mining, home and personal care and life sciences.
Control Products & Solutions
Our Control Products & Solutions operating segment recorded 2009 sales of $2.6 billion (60 percent of our total sales). The Control Products & Solutions segment combines a comprehensive portfolio of intelligent motor control and industrial control products with the customer support and application knowledge necessary to implement an automation or information solution on the plant floor. This comprehensive portfolio includes:
•Low voltage and medium voltage electro-mechanical and electronic motor starters, motor and circuit protection devices, AC/DC variable frequency drives, contactors, push buttons, signaling devices, termination and protection devices, relays and timers and condition sensors.
•Value-added packaged solutions, including configured drives, motor control centers and custom-engineered panels for Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and end-user applications.
•Automation and information solutions, including custom-engineered hardware and software systems for discrete, process, motion, safety, drives and manufacturing information applications.
•Services designed to help maximize a customer’s automation investment and provide total life-cycle support, including multi-vendor customer technical support and repair, asset management, training and predictive and preventative maintenance.
The major competitors of our Control Products & Solutions operating segment include Siemens AG, ABB Ltd, Schneider Electric SA, Honeywell International Inc. and Emerson Electric Co.
Control Products & Solutions products are marketed primarily under the Allen Bradley®, A-B® and ICS Triplex™ brand names. Major markets served include food and beverage, oil and gas, metals, mining, automotive, pulp and paper and life sciences.
In 2009, sales to customers in the United States accounted for 51 percent of our total sales. Our principal markets outside of the United States are in Canada, China, the United Kingdom, Italy, and Brazil. See Item 1A. Risk Factors for a discussion of risks associated with our operations outside of the United States. Sales and property information by major geographic area for each of the past three years is contained in Note 18 in the Financial Statements.
At September 30, 2009 we had approximately 19,000 employees. Approximately 8,300 were employed in the United States, and, of these employees, about two percent were represented by various local or national unions.