“We welcome the decisions taken by the federal government”, said Patrick Vandenrhijn, CEO of bdtronic, a manufacturer of machinery used in making motors and batteries, commenting on Germany’s new economic recovery program. “As a result, the demand for electric cars will rise and production capacities will have to be increased in the short term.”
Considering its technologies for dispensing, impregnation, hot riveting and plasma, and its recent expansions to position itself as a prized vendor for enabling the mobility of the future, the funding comes as good news for bdtronic – as well as other German companies involved in EV manufacturing.
Shown above is its equipment used in the impregnation of windings and coils in the production of electric motors for both hybrid technology, 48-volt mild hybrids and full-electrical motors for cars and trucks. By increasing the insulation of the coils, the impregnation significantly optimizes the performance of hybrid motors and electric motors.
The German government decided on a €130 billion fiscal package to help economic recovery and equip Germany for the future. One aim of the package is to foster technologies that will support development of electric vehicles. The premium for purchasing electric vehicles will be doubled to provide an incentive to buy while OEMs and the supply industry will receive a bonus program for developing new technologies.
Recently, bdtronic has further developed its equipment lineup along with making other expansions. Its latest high-volume impregnation machines have a cycle time of 45 seconds per motor. The company says it is going to present soon new and additional solutions for producing hairpin stators.
In October, the company announced it had received another major order from the automotive industry. The company will supply systems for electric motor production for the Audi Premium Platform Electric in the coming years.
“bdtronic has delivered and installed several high-volume machines at German Tier1 automotive suppliers and several low-volume impregnation machines to German OEMs. We are now proud that Audi has chosen us to deliver the first high-volume production machine for impregnating e-motors,” said Vandenrhijn.
“This partnership with one of the leading German OEMs in the automotive industry is the next big step in the bdtronic success story and we are more than willing to take it,” he continued. “With a new manufacturing site covering 6,500 sqm in Weikersheim and further big investments in people and the sites in Italy and USA where we double also capacity, we are ready for the revolution in the automotive industry. We are ready to provide the right solutions, which we have been working for years, for e-mobilty and autonomous driving, where the market is asking.”
bdtronic also makes machines that precisely dispense heat conductive pastes in battery cells as well as equipment to bond housings, pot electronic components and circuit boards that can be applied to protect autonomous cars from dirt, condensation and overheating. Today, the company counts more than 450 employees at work in Weikersheim and at subsidiaries in Belgium, Italy, Great Britain, USA, Mexico and China. Revenues in 2019 were more than €70 million.
For more info, see www.bdtronic.com.