FEV expands expertise in global vehicle development
FEV acquires majority share in vehicle body system developer Imperia GmbH
On November 1, 2016, global engineering services provider FEV acquired a majority interest in vehicle body system developer Imperia GmbH. Through this strategic expansion, FEV, a leading provider of vehicle technology engineering services, is expanding its expertise in the full vehicle development business segment. Imperia, headquartered in Aachen, Germany, develops innovative lightweight automotive solutions, ranging from individual components to the entire vehicle body.
“Automation, connectivity, and demand-driven mobility concepts with alternative drives will have long-term influence on the vehicle landscape and create new requirements for the future – with regard to driving behavior and NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness). Because of our extensive experience, we are in a position to assist our clients with the development of individual vehicle concepts, from the initial idea through series production,” explains Professor Stefan Pischinger, president and CEO of FEV. “With the integration of Imperia into the FEV Group, we are not only expanding our portfolio with innovative products, but we are also gaining important new employees with specific engineering know-how.”
"We are convinced that Imperia GmbH will be an important part of the FEV Group with its specialization in the development of vehicle bodies and forward-looking lightweight designs," adds Professor Thilo Roeth, managing director of Imperia GmbH. "We see ourselves as an ideal complement to FEV’s fields of expertise and look forward to jointly building the worldwide reputation of automotive engineering made in Aachen."
Imperia GmbH was founded in 1998. The engineering service provider for applied vehicle development has specialized in body development for shell structures as well as exterior and interior components. With innovative services as well as its own products, Imperia is already a well known company in the European automotive industry. In addition to forward-looking lightweight composite structures in multi-material construction, Imperia offers its modular body kit product “FlexBody” on the market. It was developed for industrial use in collaboration with industry partners RWTH Aachen, TU Braunschweig, and FH Aachen. “FlexBody” is a freely shaped body structure for small- to medium-series vehicle projects, particularly electric vehicles and sports cars. In this modular system, profiles and node structures are combined to form a holistic body design, thus enabling short development times and low costs. With “UrbE,” Imperia has already designed a fully electric urban vehicle in which, thanks to FlexBody, lightweight construction is implemented at a level normally associated with large-series production vehicles.
FEV is a leading independent international service provider of vehicle and powertrain development for hardware and software. The range of competencies includes the development and testing of innovative solutions up to series production and all related consulting services.The range of services for vehicle development includes the design of body and chassis, including the fine tuning of overall vehicle attributes such as driving behaviour and NVH. FEV also develops innovative lighting systems and solutions for autonomous driving and connectivity. The electrification activities of powertrains cover powerful battery systems, e-machines and inverters. Additionally FEV develops highly efficient gasoline and diesel engines, transmissions, EDUs as well as fuel cell systems and facilitates their integration into vehicles suitable for homologation. Alternative fuels are a further area of development.
The service portfolio is completed by tailor-made test benches and measurement technology, as well as software solutions that allow efficient transfer of the essential development steps of the above-mentioned developments, from the road to the test bench or simulation.
The FEV Group is growing continuously and currently employs 6700 highly qualified specialists in customer-oriented development centers at more than 40 locations on five continents.
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