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2014-06-27 – HOERBIGER inside: VW Amarok Canyon

Cars featuring HOERBIGER Drive Technology

17-inch alloy wheels, high-gloss design elements, premium interior and an optional light bar on the roof: despite its stylish appearance, the Volkswagen Amarok Canyon is anything but flashy. The special edition model appeals to a clientele that wants it all: full off-road readiness and huge cargo carrying capability as well as dynamic handling.

To be able to negotiate any terrain, all Canyon models are equipped with on-demand or permanent all-wheel drives—coupled standard to the Ecolite six-speed manual transmission made by ZF, for which HOERBIGER supplies the friction systems.

2014-04-15 – HOERBIGER acquires TurboTech

Strengthening the turbomachinery service portfolio in Latin America

The HOERBIGER Group has acquired TurboTech Engenharia Ltda, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. The privately held engineering firm specializes in providing maintenance, overhaul and monitoring services for turbomachinery equipment.

HOERBIGER will retain the staff of TurboTech and will operate the company under the umbrella of HOERBIGER Service Latin America, Inc. (HSLA) in the Strategic Business Unit Compression Technology.

The acquisition follows several years of successful collaboration on major turbomachinery overhaul projects in Latin America. With this acquisition, HOERBIGER continues to strengthen the current product and service portfolio to include maintenance and overhaul services of turbomachinery.

TurboTech brings highly specialized know-how in the field of rotating equipment to the HOERBIGER Group. HOERBIGER now possesses additional expert knowledge as it relates to plant installation, increasing operational reliability, as well as failure analysis and upgrading of centrifugal compressors, turbines, pumps, blowers and turboexpanders.

Image: TurboTech employees install a turbine at the site of Eneva S.A., a customer in the Brazilian state of Maranhão.

2014-04-03 – The Chase for the Comet is On

Rosetta is Fully Operational

A data packet from deep space: after the primary systems of the Rosetta space probe were successfully reactivated in January after 31 months of slumber, the Philae lander is now reporting operational readiness.

Rosetta has been on its way to the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for ten years, which it is scheduled to reach in August. In November, the Philae lander is planned to be put in place on the comet. It will be the first landing on a comet in space travel history and will be accordingly precarious: for 'docking', Philae will use harpoons and ice screws to prevent from being bounced back into space.

Researchers hope to gain insights into the evolutionary history of the solar system by analyzing surface samples from the comet. The reason is that comets, in the manner of gigantic freezers, carry matter with them which has essentially remained unchanged for the past 4.6 billion years.

Philae's ground-breaking experiments are also made possible in part through HOERBIGER technology. Together with the Institute for Microsystems and Information Technology of the Hahn-Schickard-Gesellschaft für angewandte Forschung e.V. (HSG-IMIT) in Villingen-Schwenningen, HOERBIGER developed the silicon technology based micro valve MegaMic approximately 15 years ago. It forms part of a gas chromatograph in the Philae lander, which is intended to analyze samples from the comet for their elemental, isotopic and chemical composition.

2013-12-06 – HOERBIGER inside: Corvette

Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

Cars featuring HOERBIGER Drive Technology

Boasting an estimated 455 horsepower (335 kW) and maximum torque of 460 pound-feet (624 newton meters), the 2014 Corvette Stingray is not only the most powerful Chevrolet production model to date, the new Corvette is also expected to be the most efficient one ever and to yet again undercut the fuel consumption of the existing model.

The distinctive Corvette transaxle drive train featuring a front engine and a transmission installed in front of the rear-axle assures optimal weight balance—and with it, exceptional road handling. It comes optionally as a six-speed automatic transmission or—a first in the automotive industry—as a TREMEC TR-6070 seven-speed manual transmission with Active Rev Matching.

This technology anticipates the driver’s next gear selection and matches the engine speed accordingly. Together with HOERBIGER friction systems, this feature assures seamless, smooth gear changes.

2013-09-26 – HOERBIGER Webcast

New HOERBIGER Webcast now available on-demand

A new method for assessing Reliability, Efficiency and Environmental soundness of reciprocating compressors sets an example in solution-orientated technology upgrades.

Most operators in the process gas industry are satisfied with their reciprocating compressors – but have to continuously improve their performance to remain competitive. Are reliability and energy efficiency high enough? What about environmental soundness? How should they select the latest technologies to improve performance?

In this webcast, a new method of assessment will be presented to pinpoint target compressors and specific solutions for modernization. Examples of return on investment and benefits of solution-orientated technology upgrades will illustrate this method.

Click here and listen to the webcast of September 19th 2013.

2013-07-16 – Red Dot Award

Red Dot Award for www.hoerbiger.com

The new HOERBIGER web presence, launched in September 2012, has been awarded the coveted Red Dot Award. From a total of 6,800 contestants, a jury composed of 24 internationally-recognized experts selected the web site as one of the winning projects in the “Online World” category.

The Red Dot jury made its selection based on six criteria:

  • Originality and emotional quality
  • Target group-oriented approach
  • Design quality (including deliberate elimination of superfluous details)
  • Recognition value and societal relevance
  • Interface and aesthetics
  • Overall appearance

The new HOERBIGER corporate website could score points mainly thanks to the strict implementation of the basic concept. A cutting edge B2B website, it underscores the unique selling propositions of the Group. Strong imagery helps to create service and product worlds that convey a specific idea to the visitor of the benefit and added value provided by HOERBIGER technology, while positioning the people at HOERBIGER as drivers of technological progress.

A highlight of the web technology employed is the targeted output of content based on Internet Protocol (IP) addresses. Based on the transmitted IP address, the website detects the region from which a page is accessed. The system then automatically supplies the user with content relevant to the user's location. This so-called geo-targeting allows the customer to have a direct dialog with HOERBIGER.

2013-07-12 – HOERBIGER inside: Range Rover

Cars featuring HOERBIGER Drive Technology

The fourth-generation Range Rover is the most powerful, efficient and most luxurious ever: modern chassis and drive train technology, the all-aluminum body, and a relaxed ambiance give the vehicle a high degree of sophistication.

The 8-speed automatic transmission (8HP) made by ZF make both relaxed cruising and spirited driving a pleasure. Smooth gear changes are combined with highly dynamic power and high fuel economy. The steel disks for the fuel-efficient torque converter lock-up clutch of the 8HP are supplied by the HOERBIGER Penzberg site in Germany. The plant has spent many years building its strong fine blanking expertise.

2013-04-30 – HOERBIGER inside: Opel Mokka

Cars featuring HOERBIGER Drive Technology

With the Mokka, Opel is the first German car maker to enter the rapidly growing market of subcompact Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV-B segment). Available with a turbocharged 140 hp gasoline engine or a 130 hp diesel engine, the car comes standard with the manual six-speed M20/32 transmission.

For the in-house production of the transmission, HOERBIGER supplies Opel with complete synchronizer systems, which enhance the transmission's positive properties: excellent shift comfort and high durability, yet great fuel efficiency and low noise.

2013-04-25 – D'BLUE

HOERBIGER AND L’ORANGE ARRANGE COOPERATION

HOERBIGER cooperates with the large diesel engine specialist L’Orange GmbH. Under the D’BLUE project name, the consortium will operate in the future as a system supplier for injection and control technology for large industrial engines equipped with auto-ignition. The main objective of the cooperation is to become a market leader as a supplier of dual fuel systems. The product portfolios of the two companies complement each other.

Dr. Ralph-Michael Schmidt (left), President CEO L’Orange GmbH with Johann Hipfl, Member of the Executive Board, HOERBIGER Holding AG and CEO of the Strategic Business Unit Compression Technology.