US motor drive firm buys European factory

US motor drive firm buys European factory

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By Nick Flaherty

Benshaw in the US has acquired the business assets of Hiconics Europe, a subsidiary of one of the largest manufacturers of medium voltage motor drives.

The deal means Benshaw will able to offer medium voltage drive solutions based on either its own patented M2L or Cascaded H Bridge technology, depending on the requirements of a customer’s application. Combined, Benshaw now has a medium voltage drive product for any industrial application from 250 to 25,000HP, 2,300 to 13,800 volts, with medium voltage drives built in Germany

Hiconics Europe was founded in 2019 as an independent German company responsible for the production, sales and service of the Hiconics electrical drives product range. As a member of the international Hiconics sales organization, it had access to the technology and the production of the 2003 spinoff from Beijing University.

The Hiconics customer base has grown from local end users and machine builders to international system integrators and OEM customers who implement the Hiconics drives into their own machines.

Hiconics Europe design and produce the HE-VERT product line exclusively in Germany. A high vertical integration of the production process starting from the metal gear, over the engineering and switch gear production up to the final test and service provides greatest flexibility while keeping the core processes in house and under quality control.

“We are pleased to have the Hiconics Europe team bring their expertise to Benshaw and our affiliated companies — Aucom Electronics Ltd. and Excel Industrial Electronics, Inc,” said Pete Morgan, President of Benshaw. “We will build IEC rated products at our German factory and UL listed products in our Pittsburgh facility after completion of UL compliance testing.”

Thomas Zirk, Managing Director of Aucom EMEA stated “It is very exciting that we can now offer IEC rated or UL listed medium voltage drives anywhere in the world, depending on the local specifications, for any application. The combination of M2L or Cascaded H Bridge technology lets us solve any customer requirement.”

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