Mahle launches MBE2 (Mahle Bio Ethanol 2), claims can increase by production 10%

A new product launched by Mahle has the potential to revolutionise the ethanol industry at a global level. MBE2 (Mahle Bioethanol 2) is a solution that increases the production of ethanol by a minimum of 10 percent without the need to increase the area of planted sugarcane.

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The use of biofuels in internal combustion engines is an important alternative to significantly reduce CO2 emissions, one of the gases responsible for the greenhouse effect. Ethanol is thus used in countries all over the world as a strategic fuel. In Brazil and the US, for example, a large fleet of vehicles is powered by ethanol at concentrations of 100 percent and 85 percent, respectively. In addition, countries are increasingly using a blend of ethanol and petrol in proportions that vary between 10 percent and 30 percent to increase the fuel’s octane rating.

This is a definitive trend as a higher octane rating of the blend enables the ethanol to perfectly meet the challenges of new, more energy-efficient and explosion-proof combustion engines that require high-octane fuels.

As a measure of the global market potential of this renewable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly fuel in the next few years, China – with its massive consumption capacity –announced that it will begin using a petrol mixture that contains 10 percent ethanol across the entire country. Along the same lines, the U.S. is evaluating an increase in its current blend of 10 percent ethanol to between 25 and 30 percent.

The use of ethanol is a quick alternative to address full-cycle CO2 emissions because it uses existing infrastructure. In combination with vehicle electrification and other advanced propulsion technologies, such as fuel cells, it will assist in reducing future greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming.

Until electrical energy is largely produced from renewable sources and electric vehicles are manufactured exclusively ethanol will continue to play a vital role. Thus, for Brazil, one important path forward is the efficient use of ethanol, even in hybrid vehicles.

The development of MBE2

MBE2 was developed at the Mahle Tech Center in Jundiai, São Paulo (one of the 16 R&D centers of the Mahle Group in the world), based on the concepts of a third-party patent and together with their collaboration. The company also gained access to the rights to explore the ethanol-production technology on a global scale. Mahle says the intensive four-year development began in its dedicated laboratory and included a two-year pilot project followed by a period of industrial-sized operations carried out in an ethanol power plant in the region of Sertãozinho, São Paulo.

As is known, both first-generation ethanol produced using different cultures – notably sugarcane – and second-generation ethanol produced from biomass are derived from fermentation using yeast. To innovate the fermentation process, which is the bottleneck in ethanol plants, MBE2 consists of a system inside the fermenters that uses equipment to control the process as well as proprietary software. The system stimulates biochemical reactions, which results in a larger production of ethanol at a low operational cost.

Mahle says MBE2 is a much cheaper alternative to increase production both in terms of the investment and operational cost. It contributes to the plant’s results and to sustainability because it does not require an increase in the planted area and significantly reduces greenhouse gases.

This technology can be applied to any raw material and the production of any sugarcane- or biomass-based biofuel, such as that from corn, which is largely used in the U.S. The increase in revenue is yet to be determined.

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MAHLE Supervisory Board appoints Dr. Jörg Stratmann as the new Chairman of the Management Board and CEO

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Stuttgart/Germany, January 31, 2018 – As of February 1, the new CEO of MAHLE, the fourth-largest German automotive supplier with sales of around EUR 13 billion and 77,000 employees, will be Dr. Jörg Stratmann. When ZF Friedrichshafen AG and Wolf-Henning Scheider, Chairman of the MAHLE Management Board until the end of January, both expressed the desire for a change, the MAHLE Group was able to resolve the matter swiftly.

  • The 48-year-old industrial engineer becomes the new CEO of the MAHLE Group as of February 1, 2018.
  • Wolf-Henning Scheider leaves MAHLE on January 31, 2018.
  • Succession arrangements and new appointments at the top-level management of the MAHLE Group implemented quickly and sustainably.

This quick transition was made much easier because MAHLE had already earmarked Dr. Jörg Stratmann as a possible successor. Dr. Stratmann joined the MAHLE Group after leaving Continental AG in 2008 and has taken on increasingly demanding tasks. Until now, he has been responsible for managing the entire MAHLE Behr Group, now the MAHLE Thermal Management business unit, which comprises a number of operational units and most recently accounted for over 45 percent of MAHLE’s group sales with its future-oriented products.

“Dr. Stratmann brings a wealth of automotive experience—from both a technical and a business perspective. He is the ideal person to head the MAHLE Group,” stated Chairman of the MAHLE Supervisory Board, Prof. Dr. Heinz K. Junker.

Following in his footsteps is Bernd Eckl (50), who since April 1, 2017, has been a Member of the MAHLE Management Board with responsibility for the Engine Systems and Components business unit, which generates around 22 percent of MAHLE’s group sales. Bernd Eckl joined MAHLE from Getrag at the start of 2017 and rapidly made an outstanding contribution with his excellent teamwork within the MAHLE Management Board.

Georg Dietz (54) has been appointed a Member of the MAHLE Management Board for the Engine Systems and Components business unit. He has worked at MAHLE for 28 years and has demonstrated his technical and international competence in a wide variety of roles and with long deployments abroad.

MAHLE would like to wish the departing Chairman of the MAHLE Management Board, Wolf-Henning Scheider, who steps down on January 31, 2018, all the best and much success in his future role. “Our thanks go to Mr. Scheider above all for his intensive work during the transformation process that is currently affecting the whole automotive industry,” commented Prof. Junker.

“I firmly believe that with these personnel changes and new appointments we have made the right choices to guarantee a sustainable setup within the top level of management at the MAHLE Group. It is particularly important to me that we further focus on the ongoing technological development of MAHLE’s product portfolio. With the top management team at the head of the group, we are sure to succeed. I would particularly like to thank all shareholders and the members of the group’s boards and committees, including those on the employee side, of course, who have helped us to make these time-critical decisions with the necessary urgency. Without this intensive cooperation at all levels, such a prompt solution would not have been possible,” added Prof. Junker.

Dr. Jörg Stratmann

Born in 1969 in Münster/Germany, Jörg Stratmann studied industrial engineering with a specialization in mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Berlin after graduating from high school. He began his professional career in the Controlling department at Siemens Automobiltechnik in Regensburg/Germany. After earning his doctorate in 2000, he took on roles in the USA, Italy, and Romania with Siemens VDO. In Romania, he was responsible for the management of the national company as well as that of the development center and the electronics plant.

In 2006, he returned to Regensburg as Head of the Electronic Control Units for Gasoline Engines segment. Just over a year later, Siemens VDO was acquired by Continental AG, and he became Head of the Commercial Vehicles customer segment. In 2008, he moved to Stuttgart/Germany to join the MAHLE Group. As a Member of the Management Committee, he was initially responsible for the Liquid Management Systems product line, and he then took over the management of Automotive Sales and Application Engineering from May 2009. In February 2013, he joined the Management Board of the MAHLE Behr Group, and he assumed the role of Chairman in July 2013. In 2014, he was also appointed to the Management Board of the MAHLE Group, and since then he has been responsible for the Thermal Management business unit.

Bernd Eckl

Bernd Eckl was born in 1967 in Lauterbach/Germany. In 1991, he graduated as a mechanical engineer from the Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences in Germany. From 1992, he worked in various roles at Mannesmann VDO AG before moving to GETRAG GmbH & Cie KG in 2000 as a Member of the Management Board and Head of Purchasing. He became a Member of the Management Board of GETRAG International GmbH in 2004 and a Member of the Corporate Management Board and Executive Vice President of GETRAG International GmbH in 2012.

Since 2017, Bernd Eckl has been a Member of the MAHLE Management Board and until now has been responsible for the Engine Systems and Components business unit as well as for group-wide quality management, safety at work, and environmental management.

Georg Dietz

Georg Dietz was born in 1963 in Stuttgart/Germany. He graduated as an engineer from RWTH Aachen University in Germany in 1988. He has held various roles at MAHLE since 1989, including Managing Director Production at MAHLE Metal Leve S.A. in Brazil between 2001 and 2003, where he was responsible for three production plants. From 2004, he was head of the pistons product line in South America and took on the global leadership of the Valve Train Systems product line in 2008. Since 2009, he has managed the Europe organization of the Engine Components and Systems business unit.

About MAHLE

MAHLE is a leading international development partner and supplier to the automotive industry as well as a pioneer for the mobility of the future. The MAHLE Group is committed to making transportation more efficient, more environmentally friendly, and more comfortable by continuously optimizing the combustion engine, driving forward the use of alternative fuels, and laying the foundation for the worldwide introduction of e-mobility. The group’s product portfolio addresses all the crucial issues relating to the powertrain and air conditioning technology—both for drives with combustion engines and for e-mobility. MAHLE products are fitted in at least every second vehicle worldwide. Components and systems from MAHLE are also used off the road—in stationary applications, for mobile machinery, rail transport, as well as marine applications.

In 2016, the group generated sales of approximately EUR 12.3 billion with about 77,000 employees and is represented in 34 countries with 170 production locations. At 16 major development centers in Germany, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Spain, Slovenia, the USA, Brazil, Japan, China, and India, 6,000 development engineers and technicians are working on innovative solutions for the mobility of the future.

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Mahle unveils MEET concept at Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) Frankfurt

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Stuttgart – In a world debut, MAHLE presents the vehicle concept “MEET” (MAHLE Efficient Electric Transport) to the public at IAA Cars in Frankfurt/Germany. MEET is systematically aligned to the needs of urban mobility. The concept combines maximum efficiency, individual comfort, driving pleasure—and is still affordable.

  • Maximum efficiency: seven days in day-to-day city traffic without charging
  • Comfortable: individual comfort zones implemented at less cost to the environment
  • Driving pleasure: agile and networked through the city
  • Affordable: 25 percent lower costs in the powertrain

Efficient and highly integrated—MAHLE twin-power drive unit

MEET makes use of the new MAHLE 48-volt twin-power drive unit. It combines two electric motors, the transmission, and a 48-volt electronics system. The MAHLE IPM (Interior Permanent Magnet Synchronous Motor) traction drive provides maximum efficiency and dynamics in a wide speed range. The MEET demonstrator vehicle initially contained a MAHLE drive unit comprising two motors each with 14 kilowatts of mechanical continuous output and 36 newton meters of torque. At the IAA we are demonstrating the next evolutionary step with 20 kilowatts of continuous output and 80 newton meters of torque per motor. The motors drive the rear wheels via a central transmission.

Go further comfortably—seven days with no need to charge

In the urban application area, the technical focus of MEET is on maximum energy efficiency. The interaction of various energy-saving technologies in the fields of powertrain and thermal management increases efficiency and significantly extends the cruising range of the vehicle.

As in all vehicles with a purely electric powertrain, one of the biggest challenges with respect to energy storage is heating the interior, particularly in winter. Indeed, by eliminating local emissions, the system lacks the most important heat source—the combustion engine. As a result, any temperature-related output such as the heating of the heating air places a burden on the battery and therefore on the vehicle’s cruising range.

Maximum efficiency without compromises—and even with improvements—in comfort are therefore a top priority in MEET. MAHLE achieves thermal efficiency through measures such as a thermoelectric heat pump and surface heaters with individual comfort zones in combination with dual-zoned air conditioning. As a result, MEET achieves up to seven days of inner city trips—with just one charge. Expressed in figures, innovative thermal management increases the cruising range by 5 percent in summer and by as much as 50 percent in winter.

Driving pleasure redefined—zippy, agile, intuitive

In urban traffic, maximum speed is not what counts. With a top performance of 40 to 60 kilowatts—depending on the model of the motor—MEET is very zippy in the relevant speed range. The basic model of MEET accelerates from 0 to 50 km/h in five seconds. When using the new MAHLE motors each with a peak power of 30 kilowatts, this time drops to less than three seconds. Maneuvering and parking are supported by the torque vectoring functionality of the MAHLE twin-power drive unit: MEET is rendered exceptionally agile thanks to the selective wheel torque output of the two electric motors.

The innovative operating concept ensures that the driver is not distracted while driving but can still use all the functionality safely. Handling MEET is intuitive and simple—despite a wide range of functions such as controlling the navigation, sound, and air conditioning systems, or accessing the technical status of the vehicle. This is where the comprehensive expertise of the MAHLE subsidiary BHTC comes into play. The operating concept enables a contact-free, gesture-based control, haptic feedback, and personalized comfort settings as well as the preconditioning of the interior, for example via a smartphone app during charging.

 Affordable—designed for the end customer

Despite its technical sophistication, MEET is an affordable vehicle concept. There are several reasons for this:

  • MEET is a platform concept. The modular approach can be flexibly transferred to a range of vehicle concepts.
  • Economies of scale are generated. For example, the modular drive unit may also be easily used as an e-axle in a 48-volt hybrid system. In addition, MAHLE believes that all the technologies in MEET can be carried over into large-scale production.
  • The 48-volt approach requires fewer safety measures in comparison with high-voltage systems, reducing the cost of the drive by 25 percent.

MAHLE combines expertise for new directions in e-mobility

MEET, MAHLE Efficient Electric Transport, is the vehicle concept for tomorrow’s urban mobility. With MEET, MAHLE is actively addressing the current challenges of the automotive industry. MEET combines the broad MAHLE portfolio and expertise in the fields of thermal management, powertrain, electronics, and user interfaces, and convincingly demonstrates today what the new directions in e-mobility will be.

MEET and its overall concept will be presented by MAHLE for the first time at IAA 2017, Stand C40 in Hall 8.0. The MAHLE press conference will take place on September 12, from 2:45 p.m. to 3:10 p.m. at the MAHLE stand.

Short Q&A sessions will be held immediately after the MAHLE press conference, giving journalists an opportunity to learn more about the technical details from the MAHLE product experts themselves. We look forward to your visit!

About MAHLE

MAHLE is a leading international development partner and supplier to the automotive industry as well as a pioneer for the mobility of the future. The MAHLE Group is committed to making transportation more efficient, more environmentally friendly, and more comfortable by continuously optimizing the combustion engine, driving forward the use of alternative fuels, and laying the foundation for the worldwide introduction of e-mobility. The group’s product portfolio addresses all the crucial issues relating to the powertrain and air conditioning technology—both for drives with combustion engines and for e-mobility. MAHLE products are fitted in at least every second vehicle worldwide. Components and systems from MAHLE are also used off the road—in stationary applications, for mobile machinery, rail transport, as well as marine applications.

In 2016, the group generated sales of approximately EUR 12.3 billion with about 77,000 employees and is represented in 34 countries with 170 production locations. At 15 major development centers in Germany, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Spain, Slovenia, the USA, Brazil, Japan, China, and India, 6,000 development engineers and technicians are working on innovative solutions for the mobility of the future.

For further information, contact:

MAHLE GmbH
Ruben Danisch
Corporate Communications
Pragstraße 26–46
70376 Stuttgart
Germany

Phone: +49 711 501-12199
Fax: +49 711 501-13700
ruben.danisch@mahle.com

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MAHLE sells its forging activities to Frauenthal Automotive

Stuttgart/Vienna, January 30, 2017 – The MAHLE Group is selling its forging activities—MAHLE Motorkomponenten GmbH—to the Austrian Frauenthal Group. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the volume of the transaction, which is still subject to approval by the antitrust authorities.

The agreement affects the Plettenberg (North Rhine-Westphalia) and Roßwein (Saxony) plants, with around 510 and 130 employees respectively. Their focus lies on the development and production of highly stressed steel-forged blanks for connecting rods and balancer shafts. Together, the two locations generated annual revenue of approximately EUR 125 million in 2016 and are technology leaders in their core business activities. The sale is taking place as part of a strategic portfolio decision by the MAHLE Group.

“The acquisition marks a significant step toward expanding our Automotive division to become a strategic player with attractive niche products. Through our expertise in production processes and market development, we expect further growth in sales and profits,” so Martin Sailer, member of the Frauenthal Holding AG Executive Board and in charge of the Frauenthal Automotive Division.

“We are convinced that the Frauenthal Group will fully utilize the additional potential and growth opportunities of both locations,” says Wolf-Henning Scheider, Chairman of the MAHLE Management Board and CEO.

Upon the change in ownership, the agreement concluded for safeguarding the employment of all MAHLE Group employees in Germany will also apply to the employees of Plettenberg and Roßwein. This rules out compulsory redundancies until the end of 2019.

About MAHLE

MAHLE is a leading international development partner and supplier to the automotive industry. With its products for combustion engines and their peripherals as well as solutions for electric vehicles, the group addresses all the crucial issues related to the powertrain and air conditioning technology—from engine systems and components to filtration to thermal management. MAHLE products are fitted in at least every second vehicle worldwide. MAHLE components and systems are also used off the road—in stationary applications, for mobile machinery, rail transport, as well as aerospace and marine applications.

In 2015, the group generated sales of approximately EUR 11.5 billion with around 76,000 employees and is represented in 34 countries with over 170 production locations. At 15 major development locations in Germany, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Slovenia, the USA, Brazil, Japan, China, and India, about 6,000 development engineers and technicians are working on innovative solutions for the mobility of the future.

About the Frauenthal Group

The Frauenthal Group, which is listed on the Vienna stock exchange, is a conglomerate of the two divisions, Frauenthal Automotive and Frauenthal Trade. With nine locations in Europe and China, Frauenthal Automotive is market and technology leader as well as a development partner in the European commercial vehicle and passenger car industry for metal pressed and welded components (Gnotec), air tanks, and U-bolts. In 2015, the Frauenthal Group achieved a revenue of approximately EUR 791 million and employed an average of 3,121 staff.
www.frauenthal.at