KOSTAL Pressebereich
Hagen, 18.07.2019

KOSTAL Industrie Elektrik acquires Bitflux

KOSTAL Industrie Elektrik GmbH, based in Hagen/Westphalia, recently acquired the majority of shares in Munich-based Bitflux GmbH, one of the world’s leading specialists in sensorless control technology. Bitflux is therefore joining the KOSTAL Group. In future, it will be known as KOSTAL Drives Technology GmbH.

In 2016, Bitflux GmbH emerged from the renowned Chair of Electrical Drive Systems and Power Electronics of Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dr. h.c. Ralph Kennel at the Technical University (TU) of Munich. Between them, the three founders, Dr.-Ing. Dirk Paulus, Dr.-Ing. Peter Landsmann and M. Sc. Sascha Kühl developed an innovative type of pulse injection process, which led them to filing a patent application.

By using this innovative form of motor control, companies can significantly improve the robustness of drive systems in numerous customer applications while considerably reducing the motor size needed, the risk of faults and system costs.

For Dipl.-Ing., Dipl. Wirt.-Ing. Dirk Fedder, Head of the Drives Business Unit at KOSTAL Industrie Elektrik, the acquisition of Bitflux presents a unique opportunity to further cement the company’s strategic position as a market leader in decentralised drive technology. The INVEOR line of drive controllers, which has recently seen the arrival of two new members, INVEOR MP and INVEOR MP Modular, provides the basis for this advantageous position on the market. “By acquiring this additional control technology expertise, KOSTAL is underpinning its position as a market leader in sensorless control processes,” says Fedder with pride.

But the acquisition provides exciting opportunities for Bitflux, too, as Sascha Kühl, Managing Director of Bitflux, explains: “The new links between KOSTAL and Bitflux give rise to strategic benefits and synergies for both parties. The goal is to yet further improve the performance of sensorless control processes and further optimise electrical drive systems in terms of costs and energy efficiency.” 

This win-win situation for both companies, but more importantly for current and potential customers of KOSTAL Industrie Elektrik, will enable the Hagen-based group to live up to its role as a market leader and also to its own market claim of “Smart connections.”.

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