ElringKlinger AG to partner with Sensor-Technik Wiedemann GmbH

Dettingen/Erms, Kaufbeuren, (PresseBox) - ElringKlinger AG and Kaufbeuren-based Sensor-Technik Wiedemann GmbH (STW) have agreed to collaborate on the development and manufacture of lithium-ion battery modules and systems. The companies will be unveiling their first products at the 2016 HANNOVER MESSE.

The partnership agreement between the two companies was signed by Armin Diez, Head of Battery Technology and E-Mobility at ElringKlinger and STW Managing Director Sonja Wiedemann. The cooperation is primarily geared toward pooling expertise, including in highly automated manufacture, signal and high-voltage contact technology, and precision metrology for voltages, temperatures, and electrical currents. It will also bring to bear development expertise in line with the latest automotive standards and for functionally safe control systems as well as know-how in software development, battery management systems, cooling, and housings. “With automated manufacture and a high degree of vertical integration for all key components, the partnership will put us in an excellent competitive position,” explains Jan Groshert, Development Manager in the Battery Technology and E-Mobility division at ElringKlinger.

The first products to be born out of the partnership are battery modules with optional cooling and integrated electronic cell monitoring for 24- and 48-volt applications, or up to 1,000 volts in series. A standardized ElringKlinger battery module kit comprising battery modules and a battery management system from STW’s reputable mBMS range is also in the process of being put together. In addition, there are plans to produce standardized battery systems for voltage levels between 24 and 1,000 V. All products are to be manufactured in accordance with the prevailing standards in the automotive industry.

The products are to be used in stationary accumulator systems, forklifts, electrified road and commercial vehicles, and mobile machinery as well as in maritime applications and e-scooters. “We believe that our products can deliver real benefits, especially to vehicle manufacturers and integrators of battery modules and systems,” Groshert says. With this in mind, both companies are aiming to create a steadily expanding range of products for battery modules and systems based on lithium-ion cells. “Our customers will get complete storage solutions of an unrivaled quality. The fact that all the necessary key components will be produced by ElringKlinger and STW means we’ll be able to offer customized solutions,” promises Dr. Michael P. Schmitt, Managing Director at STW GmbH.

The two companies will be showcasing their expertise at the 2016 HANNOVER MESSE. Visitors to the trade show will be able to quiz ElringKlinger at Booth F60 in Hall 27, “Generation, Storage, and Mobility,” while Sensor-Technik Wiedemann GmbH will be on hand to answer any questions at Booth C16 in Hall 13.

About ElringKlinger AG:

ElringKlinger focuses its efforts on developing forward-looking green technologies. These are designed not only to reduce CO2 emissions but also to scale back the level of harmful nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, and soot particles. ElringKlinger is one of the few automotive suppliers worldwide with the capabilities of developing and producing high-tech components for all types of drive system and non-automotive applications – whether for downsized combustion engines or for electric vehicles driven by batteries or fuel cells. Drawing on its expertise in lightweight engineering, the company can make a decisive contribution to efforts aimed at further reducing vehicle weight and thus fuel consumption. The company’s portfolio centered around emissions reduction also includes particulate filters and end-to-end exhaust gas purification systems used in ships, commercial vehicles, construction machinery, and stationary engines as well as in power stations. This is complemented by products made of the high-performance plastic PTFE supplied by ElringKlinger Kunststofftechnik, which are marketed to a wide range of industries – also to those operating beyond the vehicle manufacturing sector. Applying its abilities as an innovator, ElringKlinger is committed to sustainable mobility and earnings-driven growth. These efforts are supported by a dedicated workforce of more than 8,000 people at 45 ElringKlinger Group locations around the globe.

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Sensor-Technik Wiedemann GmbH

For over 30 years, Sensor-Technik Wiedemann GmbH (STW) has been providing leading manufacturers of mobile machines, agricultural machines and special machines with the latest in automation, networking and electrification technology. STW has got 440 employees in the headquarters at Kaufbeuren. The concern opened subsidiaries in the USA and England and is working with distribution partners and system integrators in more than 15 countries. For years, STW has undertaken pioneering work in the development of technologies and solutions for electrification, which are already being utilized by multiple customers. The powerMELA drives by STW are to be found in diverse hybrid and purely battery-powered mobile machines and commercial vehicles in the on- an off-road sector.

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