Merger with Microdrones Brings More R&D Possibilities for Schübeler

When seeking to develop and enhance new and innovative technology or adding features to legacy products, being bogged down by the minutia of running a small business can take the focus off a company’s real objective: product design and creation. Administrative duties, organizational concerns and sales in an international market often take precedence over research and development.

Such was the case for Daniel Schübeler , CEO and Founder of Schübeler Technologies GmbH, a premier manufacturer of advanced fan propulsion jets, fan drive nozzles, and lightweight composite materials fabrication. However, late last year, the company merged with Microdrones, the pioneering provider of fully integrated systems for surveying, mapping, LiDAR and inspection applications used in the construction, mining, energy, agriculture and infrastructure industries.

With a fused interest in technological advancement and a motivation to propel UAV’s to new heights, these two companies have united, combining knowledge and expertise that bring benefits to both companies. While the merger expands Microdrones’ UAV technology capabilities, Schübeler now has the freedom to focus on research and development, creating cutting-edge innovations that will shape the future of UAVs, electric jets and more.

Watch this video to see why Schübeler stakeholders feel the merger with Microdrones has brought the company more space, more tools and more possibilities.

For several years now we cooperate successfully with universities realising innovative projects such as AVIGLE  or the ZIM project. Therefore, aspiring engineers get the chance to set theoretical knowledge into practical context. This is also especially offered in the UPBracing Team.

AOn 21st April the team of the University of Paderborn introduced their 10th race car in frame of their Jubilee Rollout. Since 2006 the team develops, constructs and manufactures race cars for the international competition Formula Student and learns to apply university content in a practical manner. This could for example relate to the trade-off between scope for development in software surroundings and manufacturability or cost restrictions. The events take place at race tracks like Silverstone (UK), Hockenheim (DE) or Györ (HU) and demand different competences in dynamic and static disciplines.

Already since 2008 we accompany the UPBracing Team and its development and support the future engineers with aerodynamic advice as well as manufacturing capacities and materials. Besides, some of our employees also used to be involved in Formula Student. Therefore, of course we did not miss the 10th Rollout in the Audimax of the University of Paderborn. At the champagne reception we could have a closer look at former race cars distinctively noticing the progress throughout the years. As the host the first chairman lead the audience through the main programme. Sweeping Videos, vivid descriptions of the technical directors and short speeches created a racing atmosphere, crowned with the final unveiling of the latest race car PX216.


We were especially enthusiastic when receiving the Sponsorship Award for long-term and close cooperation. For the PX216 we invited to an aerodynamic expert talk in January as well as a company tour and supported the team with manufacturing of front wing forms and smaller milling components. We wish the UPBracing Team good luck for this year’s events and will excitedly follow the season!


Find more information about the UPBracing Team on their webpage: www.formulastudent.upb.de 

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