E-mobility: PEM Motion supports Zeller+Gmelin in new orientation
The cooperation started a few months ago between PEM Motion GmbH from Aachen and Zeller+Gmelin GmbH & Co. KG from Eislingen has resulted in initial findings. The long-established company from the chemical sector in Baden-Württemberg, with almost 1,000 employees and 15 subsidiaries worldwide, is receiving strategic support from the Aachen-based consulting and engineering service provider in its realignment to the e-mobility sector. Until now, the independent medium-sized company, founded in 1866, has been developing and selling engine and transmission oils for the automotive sector under the “Divinol” brand for many decades for the automotive sector.
“It has already become apparent after a short time that coolants and related products in thermal management hold enormous innovation and business potential,” says PEM Motion Managing Director Dr. Christoph Deutskens. The materials are mainly intended for use in the areas of battery, fuel cell, electric motor and power electronics.
After Zeller+Gmelin had already started independently to build up a new business unit and develop new lubricants for electromobility, PEM Motion is helping the Swabian company to enter the market quickly. This is to be achieved by technical knowledge for e-mobility and the implementation of a new strategy involving numerous OEMs and suppliers in the industry.
The cooperation takes place within the framework of the industrial consulting project “Fit4E”. PEM Motion, which emerged from the Chair of Production Engineering for E-Mobility Components (PEM) at RWTH Aachen University, analyzes the core competencies of small and medium-sized industrial companies with a view to their potential for the e-mobility market. With “Fit4E”, the Aachen-based company has so far made more than 30 companies nationwide “fit for electromobility”.
Zeller+Gmelin is an independent, medium-sized family business founded in Eislingen in 1866. Over the decades, the company has developed into an international partner in the field of high-quality lubricants for industry, vehicles and machinery, as well as printing inks and chemical products. With around 1,000 employees and 15 subsidiaries worldwide, Zeller+Gmelin delivers to 80 countries and, in addition to the one in Eislingen, has one production site in the USA, one in China and one in the UK. Zeller+Gmelin offers individual and holistic solutions from a single source, from research and development to production. The conscientious use of resources and responsibility towards future generations are central components of the company’s philosophy. For years, the company has been working successfully to reduce its ecological footprint. Since January 2020, Zeller+Gmelin has been the first chemical company in Baden-Württemberg to be allowed to call itself a “climate-neutral site”.
About PEM Motion
PEM Motion GmbH was founded in 2014 from the Chair of Production Engineering for E-Mobility Components (PEM) at RWTH Aachen University. The company sees itself as a consulting and engineering service provider in the field of innovation, primarily in electromobility. Its involvement ranges from product development and production design of alternative powertrain components such as battery cells and electric motors to infrastructure and industrialization projects. Its customers include automotive manufacturers, mobility providers, suppliers and start-ups. PEM Motion is represented by more than 70 employees in Europe and North America at a total of five locations.
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