More than the sum of the parts

FEV extends its global engineering capacity with acquisition of D2T S.A.

11. June 2015 | Corporate

FEV GmbH has acquired the French test systems and engineering service provider D2T Powertrain Engineering S.A. This action was completed with a signing ceremony on March 24, 2015. FEV GmbH takes over the business of D2T in France, its subsidiaries in Germany, China, the U.S. and interests in South Korea and Japan.
Through this strategic expansion, FEV, a leading provider of engineering services for powertrain and vehicle technologies, significantly expands its global expertise and capacities in the test systems business area, in particular.

“FEV has already demonstrated its expertise in the development and use of diverse powertrain technologies. We are delighted that D2T has found in FEV a strong, innovative partner with its own global network and renowned clients,” commented Eric Lafargue, IFP Investissement’s CEO during the signing ceremony. With this step, FEV focuses on international customers and their demands which will be serviced even more comprehensively in the future. In this issue of SPECTRUM Professor Pischinger talks about the takeover’s impact on the engineering business of both companies and about customer benefits.

Professor Pischinger, what were the reasons that motivated you to acquire D2T?

Following the expansion of our electronics and automotive engineering competence with the acquisition of DGE Inc. in 2013, we see this acquisition as an opportunity to significantly grow our engineering capacities internationally. D2T not only offers products and services which fit seamlessly into our portfolio, we will also benefit from the D2T subsidiaries around the world on our course of continued global expansion. With the acquisition, we expand our engineering capacities to face growing demand from the various operating regions. The important thing is: we will maintain and expand the strong D2T brand. The D2T locations will be strengthened and expanded in the future through investment.

Prof. Stefan Pischinger - FEV extends its global engineering capacity with acquisition of D2T S.A.

Professor Pischinger talks about the takeover’s impact on the engineering business of both companies and about customer benefits


Keyword customer needs: Can you summarize briefly the customer benefits?

Both FEV and D2T offer expertise gained through decades of developing powertrain solutions. By joining forces we extend their individual strengths and offer a larger pool of global resources. As a result we offer development services close to our customers around the globe and are in a position to offer solutions according to specific regional or international standards. In addition, large transnational projects can now be handled more efficiently.


Most likely, the changes will be most severe in France, the home country of D2T?

Yes, as a matter of fact. Our acquisition of D2T will give the combination of D2T’s and FEV’s activities in the French market and our respective French locations a significant weight. With this step, FEV and D2T now become a leading provider of engineering services in the French market. Mr. Nadim Andraos, the former head of FEV France, has now taken over the responsibility for the combined D2T and FEV activities. In the future, we will focus on the sites in Trappes and Rouen, in which we have invested, as well as the representative offices on site at the French OEM’s.


To what extent does this affects your capacity and skills in France? Or in other words: How are D2T and FEV better together?

Even the basic figures already show the benefits: In Trappes near Paris and in Rouen, D2T is operating a total of 15 engine test benches, one chassis dynamometer and five battery test benches. Worldwide, D2T employs more than 450 people; 400 of them in France. Furthermore, our competencies are complementary, especially in France, where FEV has mainly offered turnkey test systems solutions in the past. D2T’s focus has been on simulation and testing. As a result, we will be in a position to offer this expanded range of services from one-stop. Wherever D2T and FEV are present with representation, we intend to build on the principle of “one face to the customer” in order to ensure clarity in terms of responsibilities and contact people.


How do you ensure continuity in the development work and high quality despite the changing boundary conditions?

The particular strengths of D2T and FEV lie in their global presence, in their physical and contextual proximity to our customers and in the close cooperation with leading research institutions which enables us to channel the latest insights from science and research directly into our development projects. We will continue to build on this important and unique feature of both companies. For nearly four decades, FEV’s management has been very much interlinked with RWTH Aachen University. As part of IFP Energies nouvelles industrial, D2T incorporated research and development as well. In the future, we will continue to search for a cooperation with both of these institutions and, thus, optimize our development services with the latest research results and development as well.



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