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Rolls-Royce snaps up Belgian UPS firm Kinolt

Written by Wed 8 Jul 2020

Acquisition given go-ahead from anti-trust authorities at the beginning of the month

Rolls-Royce power division has acquired Belgian UPS firm Kinolt as the company seeks to strengthen its power portfolio for mission-critical systems.

Rolls-Royce Power Systems already has a sizable back-up power generation business through its product and solutions brand MTU, but has eyes on becoming a full-service provider of integrated solutions.

Belgium-based Kinolt changed its name from Euro-Diesel last year and the company’s system includes a combination of rotating, kinetic mass storage devices, a diesel engine and a generator that can also be used as an electric motor.

“We will integrate the products and systems of our new subsidiary into our MTU product portfolio,” said Andreas Görtz, Vice President of Power Generation at Rolls-Royce.

“Our worldwide sales and service network will open up new market opportunities by offering innovative uninterruptible power solutions. This will significantly strengthen our market position in safety-critical applications.”

Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, cited renewed demand for uninterruptible power from internet and healthcare firms supporting society throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

“The extraordinary times created by the Covid-19 pandemic have shown just how important it is to secure electricity supply to sensitive and critical infrastructure,” Schell said.

“The provision of uninterruptible power is vital in any situation and even more so today, as it ensures the provision of vital services such as medical care or the world’s continued flow of internet traffic. Without it, no public authority or company would be able to act in any crisis.”

The acquisition of Kinolt comes off the back of a partnership Rolls-Royce signed with Daimler to develop fuel cell generators for data centres, in May.

Rolls-Royce’s Power Systems plans to work with Daimler to develop emergency fuel cell-based power generators for the data centre market under the MTU brand.

Written by Wed 8 Jul 2020

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