Millbrook buys US test house to boost battery test capabilities

April 04, 2018 // By Nick Flaherty
Millbrook buys US test house to boost battery test capabilities
UK-based test house Millbrook has bought US automotive test services company Revolutionary Engineering to expand its capacity and capabilities in testing batteries, inverters and electric motors.

Millbrook, formerly the testing ground for Lotus cars, has been part of the Spectris Group since 2016 and has indoor and outdoor test tracks in the UK at and Northern Finland. Spectris, which started out as Fairey Aviation, also includes Brüel & Kjær Sound & Vibration, and industrial control companies Omega and Red Lion.

Revolutionary Engineering, based in Michigan with sites in Germany and China, specialises in driveline system and component test services. Revolutionary’s co-founder, Allen White, will lead the company, backed by the wider Millbrook management team, giving access to Millbrook's business processes, technical know-how and experience of investing to upgrade test facilities.

A number of Millbrook Revolutionary Engineering's customers are already customers of Millbrook, and so will be able to procure a broader range of test services and test facilities through a single contract. Millbrook will also be able to support customers when they decide to test in-house, as well as when they outsource testing.

"There are many areas of overlap between Revolutionary Engineering and Millbrook, and we also expect to benefit from Spectris' scale and reach,” said Allen White, president of Revolutionary Engineering.

"This latest acquisition perfectly complements our existing test capabilities," said Alex Burns, president of Millbrook. "We have a strong track record of growing similar test service businesses, and we understand very well the equipment side of Revolutionary Engineering's offering. We are committed to delivering the highest levels of customer service and technical expertise across all sites, and very much look forward to working with our new colleagues in the US, China and Germany to continue to achieve our aims."

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