Sauber forms new company to take F1 expertise to wider industry

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Hinwil, Switzerland-based Sauber has formed a new company, Sauber Technologies, which it says will bring working practices and skills honed in Formula 1 to other areas of industry. Sauber Technologies sees the incorporation of Sauber Engineering and Sauber Aerodynamics in a single entity, which will be fully focused on third-party business, providing services to solve complex engineering problems, while retaining close ties to Sauber Motorsport.

Axel Kruse, CEO of Sauber Technologies, explained, “The birth of Sauber Technologies is a logical step, yet an extremely exciting one, in the growth of our company. Having a standalone company incorporating the skills and know-how of its previous component entities and being fully dedicated to external customers allows us to offer not only world-class skills, but also an equal level of service to current and prospective clients. The team at Sauber Technologies is looking forward to bringing our innovation to the world.”

The company says that its staff, coming from a wide range of backgrounds, will bring an eclectic set of skills that, matched with the latest equipment available within the company, ensure expertise in fields as varied as aerodynamics, lightweight design and CFD design and calculation. The company’s customers will have access to high-quality mechatronic systems design and production, fluid and thermal simulations and structural analysis, as well as a tried-and-tested approach to additive manufacturing, including prototyping and serial production, courtesy of the biggest additive manufacturing machine park in Switzerland.

The company will offer its services to customers in a range of fields including more traditional markets, such as transportation and motorsport, space and defense and aviation, and novel applications such as mechatronics, automation and the energy sector. Sauber Technologies will be able to help companies producing consumer goods, medical devices or those involved in high-tech industries.

Christoph Hansen, COO of Sauber Technologies, added, “Sauber Technologies embodies the knowledge and expertise of 50 years of motorsport, matched with the latest technologies and a machine park second to none. Our staff can take care of every stage of any project, from the idea to the preliminary design, on to manufacturing and finishing of a product – in a wide range of industries.

“We have seen some of the practical applications of our expertise in recent months and we are excited about the new opportunities that await us in the future. We bring a cross-discipline approach to the table, allowing our customers to access processes and technologies in novel ways and bringing success stories from other fields into theirs. It’s a unique approach in this region and we’re ready to help our customers grow with our innovative mindset.”

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Lawrence has been covering engineering subjects – with a focus on motorsport technology – since 2007 and has edited and contributed to a variety of international titles. Currently, he is responsible for content across UKI Media & Events' portfolio of websites while also writing for the company's print titles.

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