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 more than 20 years, Schübeler Technologies GmbH has been establishing its global presence as a premier manufacturer of advanced electric propulsion systems and lightweight airframe structures. Schübeler Technologies’ products are designed to withstand extreme conditions and demanding field use, providing thrust power and lightweight durability to high tech applications, including professional motorsports and heavy-duty outdoor equipment.

Late last year, Schübeler Technologies was excited to complete a merger with Microdrones, the developer of the world’s first commercial-grade unmanned VTOL aircraft. However, the 2018 merger wasn’t the beginning for these two German manufacturers, nor Schübeler Technologies’ early initiation into the world of UAVs. Their history spans almost 15 years when inventor Udo Jürss created a prototype quadcopter drone that gained much notoriety for its viability in a variety of applications, and he, along with algorithmic master Jan Wendel and Schübeler Technologies founder and aerodynamic expert Daniel Schübeler founded Microdrones in 2005.

Since then, Microdrones has grown exponentially to provide fully integrated systems for surveying, mapping, LiDAR and inspection applications used in the construction, mining, energy, agriculture and infrastructure industries. While he remained a continuous development partner with Microdrones after its founding, Schübeler chose to focus on his own company. Since 1997, Schübeler Technologies has expanded their operations and increased their capabilities to optimize performance, developing and producing efficient drive technology and lightweight components, including a CFRP axial fan for the sports and hobby sector, ultralight and high-efficiency lithium batteries, and other innovative and robust solutions that meet the extreme demands of professional motorsports and UAV applications. From conception and design to feasibility studies and manufacturing, Schübeler Technologies provides custom-made turnkey solutions that meet the most exacting requirements.

As a pioneering founder, Daniel Schübeler remains dedicated to the advancement of UAV technology. The merger of the two companies unites the talent, technology, expertise and investment capabilities of both Microdrones and Schübeler Technologies to propel UAVs to new heights—a dynamic scenario for continued success. From powerful turbofans, jets, compressors, pumps, electric motors, carbon fiber and aluminum composites, Microdrones now has unparalleled access to a full lineup of robust elements to distinguish their advanced UAV systems further.

Vivien Heriard-Dubreuil, President of Microdrones, looks to focus on the future development of drones, stating, "We want to offer our customers new aerospace technologies and capabilities in the form of next-generation unmanned aerial vehicles."

"The merger is very close to my heart, but it also makes practical sense.  Now we can combine the knowledge we’ve gained over the past twenty years from both companies", says Schübeler. "The combination of our teams will lead to astonishing solutions in the years to come."

With this merger, Schübeler Technologies will retain its brand but combine services in the areas of ​​administration, organization and international sales while expanding Microdrones’ UAV technology capabilities. Schübeler will also continue to develop other existing spaces such as aircraft model building, customer-specific research, and development projects to serve its various niche audiences, including serious aeromodelling enthusiasts.

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