FuelCon Turns Japanese

In mid-August, the Horiba Group purchased FuelCon, a test station manufacturer founded in 2001 and based in Barleben, near Magdeburg. It is now part of Japanese subsidiary Horiba Automotive Test Systems, which – in its own words – is a leading supplier of equipment to test engines, drivelines, brake systems and exhausts. Robert Plank, the chief operations officer of Horiba Europe, said that the deal allowed for “a broader range of test and validation equipment to cover all kinds of vehicle powertrain technologies, from combustion engines to electric motors. By incorporating FuelCon into the Horiba Group and turning the Magdeburg site into a global center of excellence for fuel cell and battery tests, we are taking another step toward future-proofing our auto business.” The chief executive of FuelCon, Mathias Bode, hopes that the agreement will give his company easier access to the Japanese market.

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