Horiba completes acquisition of FuelCon

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Horiba has announced that it has completed the acquisition of FuelCon, which becomes part of Horiba Automotive Test Systems – a supplier in the fields of engine, driveline, brake and emissions test systems.

Founded in 2001 and based in Barleben, Germany, FuelCon manufactures and supplies R&D and EOL (end of line) testbeds and turnkey solutions for the e-mobility sector, with expertise in battery and fuel cell applications.

For Horiba, this acquisition is a milestone in its strategy to provide world class measurement products, enhanced by targeted engineering consultancy and testing services. This acquisition increases the company’s presence in the vehicle electrification market and enables it to produce complex development and validation solutions for the next generation of battery and fuel cell powertrain technologies.

“In line with global megatrends, we are witnessing the continued electrification of transport with a mix of pure EV and complex hybrid solutions,” said Dr George Gillespie, executive vice president at Horiba Automotive Test Systems.

“With this in mind, Horiba needed to find a suitable industry leader who offered a range of validation solutions that complement our existing automotive test systems business, and our position of global leadership in emissions measurement. In FuelCon we have found the perfect for battery and fuel cell test solutions.”

Dr Robert Plank, COO of Horiba Europe said, “We regard FuelCon as the perfect fit for our strategic ambitions. With their range of products and their applications expertise, we see a great future ahead of us. We will now be able to offer an increasingly comprehensive suite of test and validation solutions for a full range of automotive propulsion technologies moving from combustion engines to electrified powertrains.”

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