FEV Poland started its work in 2003 with eight young engineers in a small office in Krakow – a central location for the domestic automotive and mechanical engineering industries and in close proximity to the local universities. The group’s initial focus was on engine development and software development was gradually added as a research focus. This has resulted in strong expertise in the fields of computer simulation and software development, which FEV Poland contributes to international projects within the FEV Group.
FEV Poland thus also gained valuable insights into the future topics of autonomous driving and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), which are now reflected in a broad service offer and full-service solutions, from system architecture development to serial validation. In addition to ultrasound and radar, lidar and camera systems with situation detection software, for instance, can also be integrated, tested, and validated. Validation takes place as part of a testing program that adheres to standards that apply worldwide and uses the latest measurement technology, including driving robots and high-precision positioning systems. Various test dummies and platforms are also used at this stage in order to test the interaction between autonomous driving vehicles and the environment to ensure the smooth function of the ADAS components and systems.
Since the foundation of FEV Poland, the number of employees has also grown, to more than 80. To provide the experts with the best working conditions, a move to a new building in Krakow occured last year.
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FEV recently expanded its expertise significantly in several areas at once. With its acquisition of B&W Vehicle Development, the corporate group is widening its expertise and capacities in the turnkey vehicle development segment. With more than three hundred employees at international locations, B&W offers its customers solutions in the fields of body shells, interior, exterior, surfacing, model construction, testing, and electricity/electronics. With the fully owned B&W subsidiary EDL Rethschulte GmbH, expertise in the field of lighting technology is also expanding.
B&W Vehicle Development GmbH is already a force to be reckoned with in the European automotive industry. The company provides its automotive customers worldwide with everything from a single source – from the development of individual modules to entire bodies. With the integration of B&W, the FEV Group can expand its capacities in important fields and also gain employees with engineering expertise in all aspects of vehicle development. At a time of increasingly complex project specifications that aim for holistic vehicle expertise, this step also reinforces FEV’s claim to be a reliable partner in turnkey vehicle development.
Production- and process-optimized product development and construction
The FEV Group also fully acquired Swabian engineering service provider, Suarez & Bewarder GmbH & Co. KG, supplementing its resources and expertise in the fields of interior and exterior automobile development, as well as module and platform strategies for trucks and vans. In the increasingly significant fields of production-ready development, validation, and construction of exterior and interior vehicle components in the context of design and packaging, integrating the two companies allows us to gain new expertise.
Software developer UniPlot creates synergies
Another new member of the corporate group is UniPlot Software GmbH. This company, founded in the 1990s by brothers Samuel and Roman Brüggenkoch, develops software used for the analysis and visual representation of measurement data for a worldwide client base – including well-known companies in the automotive industry. FEV too has been making effective use of UniPlot as an established solution for several years, meaning that absorbing the company is a logical step from which positive synergies are expected.
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