Founder Art Parker's passion for engineering and invention has remained true for 100 years through Parker's commitment to efficient, effective technology for the good of its customers. This dedication is the reason the Parker of today will continue to be the global leader in motion and control technology, according to Hydraulics Group President Andy Weeks.
"The unique thing about Parker is that you can find our products on anything that moves. When you look to the future, Parker is committed to technology development for the evolving needs of our customers."
As we look toward the more efficient use of energy sources on all types of mobile, industrial and truck markets throughout the world served by the power of hydraulics, the company's focus on research and development of new technologies and sharing best practices is evident. Parker is deeply committed to improving productivity and throughput while reducing energy and fuel consumption.
"We're taking a lot of lessons from our Aerospace team and the development of whole systems and applying it to the hydraulics business, too.
"Parker Aerospace is in the middle of significant expansion and business growth through systems activities – mainly in the area of flight controls, hydraulic systems and fuel systems. We're uniquely positioned to have a strong presence in each of these three platforms, and our ability to leverage this expertise is unmatched by other companies in the hydraulics industry."
While Weeks, whose career with Parker started in its Aerospace Group, admits that growth coupled with the commitment to technology development isn't without its challenges, he confirms that Parker's focus on the customer, which started a century ago, continues to echo today.
"We have been able to perform well for our customers and deliver products and systems that, in many cases, are second to none."
Predicting the future can be difficult, but Weeks sees unlimited opportunities for Parker.
"One of the key areas for growth in the Hydraulics Group and the company is based on the Internet of Things (IoT) and how effectively we can connect our technologies to collect valuable data and provide the best customer experience. We're truly committed to our customers."
This post is the seventh in a series of leadership interviews to commemorate Parker's centennial anniversary. To learn more about Parker's history, visit www.parker.com/centennial.
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