DAIMLER TRUCK AG ESTABLISHE­S NEW COM­PANY TO BRING TO­GETHER ALL OF THE GROUP’S FUEL CELL AC­TIV­I­TIES

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Daimler Truck AG has es­tab­lished Daimler Truck Fuel Cell Gmbh & Co. KG to bring to­gether all of the Group’s fuel cell ac­tiv­i­ties. Dr. An­dreas Gor­bach and Prof. Dr. Chris­tian Mohrdieck have been ap­pointed as man­ag­ing di­rec­tors of the new com­pany. They both have ex­ten­sive ex­pe­ri­ence with con­ven­tional and al­ter­na­tive drive sys­tems, es­pe­cially fuel cell sys­tems.

Gor­bach has al­ready held a se­nior man­age­ment po­si­tion with over­all re­spon­si­bil­ity for all fuel cell mat­ters at Daimler Truck AG since the be­gin­ning of May this year. This will con­tinue in his new ad­di­tional po­si­tion as CEO of Daimler Truck Fuel Cell Gmbh & Co. KG.

Prof. Dr. Chris­tian Mohrdieck has been in charge of fuel cell de­vel­op­ment at the Daimler Group since 2003 and is man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of the cur­rent fuel cell de­vel­op­ment unit Mercedes-benz Fuel Cell Gmbh, which will be al­lo­cated to the newly founded sub­sidiary.

Over the past two decades, Daimler has al­ready built up con­sid­er­able ex­per­tise in the field of fuel cells at its site in Nabern, Ger­many (cur­rently the head­quar­ters of Mercedes-benz Fuel Cell Gmbh) and at other pro­duc­tion and de­vel­op­ment fa­cil­i­ties in Ger­many and Canada.

Daimler Truck AG con­cluded a pre­lim­i­nary, non-bind­ing agree­ment with Volvo Group in April of this year to es­tab­lish a new joint ven­ture for the de­vel­op­ment, pro­duc­tion and com­mer­cial­iza­tion of fuel cell sys­tems for heavy-duty com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles and other ap­pli­ca­tions such as sta­tion­ary use. Daimler Truck Fuel Cell Gmbh & Co. KG is later to tran­si­tion into this planned joint ven­ture. Volvo Group will ac­quire 50% of the com­pany for this pur­pose. All po­ten­tial trans­ac­tions are sub­ject to ex­am­i­na­tion and ap­proval by the re­spon­si­ble com­pe­ti­tion au­thor­i­ties. Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group plan to start se­ries pro­duc­tion of heavy-duty fuel cell com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles for de­mand­ing and heavy long-dis­tance haulage in the sec­ond half of the decade.

The co­op­er­a­tion planned be­tween Daimler Truck AG and the Bri­tish tech­nol­ogy group Rolls-royce plc in the field of sta­tion­ary fuel cell sys­tems demon­strates very spe­cific op­por­tu­ni­ties for the com­mer­cial­iza­tion of fuel cell tech­nol­ogy through the planned joint ven­ture with Volvo Group. Rolls-royce’s Power Sys­tems di­vi­sion plans to use the fuel cell sys­tems from the planned joint ven­ture be­tween Daimler Truck AG and Volvo Group and Daimler’s many years of ex­per­tise in this field for the emer­gency power gen­er­a­tors of the MTU prod­uct and so­lu­tion brand that it de­vel­ops and sells for data cen­ters. A com­pre­hen­sive co­op­er­a­tion agree­ment is to be pre­pared and signed by the end of the year.

Mar­tin Daum, chair­man of the board of man­age­ment of Daimler Truck AG and member of the board of man­age­ment of Daimler AG, said: “The fuel cell is a cru­cial Co2-neu­tral so­lu­tion for trucks in heavy long-dis­tance trans­port. We and our fu­ture joint ven­ture part­ner, Volvo Group, are con­vinced of this. We are de­ter­mined to jointly tackle the de­vel­op­ment and se­ries pro­duc­tion of fuel cells and are now tak­ing ma­jor steps with all the nec­es­sary prepa­ra­tions for the planned joint ven­ture. The es­tab­lish­ment of Daimler Truck Fuel Cell Gmbh & Co. KG is a very spe­cial mile­stone for our com­pany, be­cause our new sub­sidiary is to be the im­me­di­ate pre­de­ces­sor or­ga­ni­za­tion of the joint ven­ture. In it, we will now bring to­gether the great ex­per­tise and enor­mous wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence from sev­eral decades of de­vel­op­ment work on fuel cells at Daimler and com­bine it with the right know-how in con­nec­tion with trucks.”

UK-based Re­ac­ton Fire Sup­pres­sion, a global man­u­fac­turer of au­to­matic fire sup­pres­sion sys­tems, is ex­pand­ing its global reach with an of­fice in Dubai to serve the Mid­dle East, Africa and Asia mar­kets.

Re­ac­ton Fire Sup­pres­sion opened its Dubai of­fice in De­cem­ber 2019, closely fol­lowed by ap­point­ing Fire­ward Fire Sup­pres­sion as the lo­cal agent and in­staller for Re­ac­ton sys­tems in the UAE.

Gary Sher­ring­ton-boyd, gen­eral man­ager, Mid­dle East, North Africa and Asia, Re­ac­ton Fire Sup­pres­sion, says: “With an in­creas­ing cus­tomer base in the Mid­dle East re­gion and a grow­ing de­mand for Re­ac­ton’s P-mark ac­cred­ited au­to­matic fire sup­pres­sion sys­tems, it makes com­plete busi­ness sense to have a lo­cal pres­ence in the re­gion. Dubai is also the per­fect and strate­gic location for us to sup­port our grow­ing cus­tomer base in the Mid­dle East, Africa, Asia and Aus­trala­sia, in as­so­ci­a­tion with our UK and US of­fices. The In­ter­sec 2020 expo pro­vided the per­fect event for the launch of Re­ac­ton in this re­gion, and we’ve been over­whelmed by the wel­come we’ve re­ceived.”

Re­ac­ton Fire Sup­pres­sion is the first and only com­pany in the world to achieve the pres­ti­gious P-mark SPCR 199 stan­dard for fire sup­pres­sion in the en­gine com­part­ments of heavy equip­ment ve­hi­cles, awarded by the Re­search In­sti­tutes of Swe­den (RISE), the lead­ing ve­hi­cle ac­cred­i­ta­tion safety body.

“Some of the big­gest con­struc­tion, en­gi­neer­ing and ex­plo­ration projects in the world are in the GCC re­gion. With lift­ing and heavy plant equip­ment crit­i­cal to th­ese ven­tures, it’s no sur­prise that con­trac­tors want to keep their peo­ple, as­sets and in­fra­struc­ture es­sen­tial to th­ese op­er­a­tions safe. This is where Re­ac­ton’s world-class au­to­matic fire sup­pres­sions sys­tems are re­lied on to pro­tect mis­sion crit­i­cal equip­ment and bil­lion dol­lar op­er­a­tions from the dev­ast­ing im­pact of fire.

First-class cus­tomer ser­vice is in our DNA, it drives ev­ery­thing we do and, com­bined with our third-party prod­uct ac­cred­i­ta­tions, means our cus­tomers have com­plete trust in Re­ac­ton. Es­tab­lish­ing an in-re­gion pres­ence demon­strates our com­mit­ment to sup­port­ing our cus­tomers from con­cept through to cre­ation and in­stal­la­tion,” says Gary.

HOW RE­AC­TON ACHIEVED THE HIGH­EST RAT­INGS IN RIG­OR­OUS VE­HI­CLE FIRE SUP­PRES­SION TESTS

To achieve the P-mark ac­cord­ing to SPCR 199, a sys­tem must go through a se­ries of rig­or­ous tests and pass cri­te­ria set out in both Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Rules SPCR 199 and the test method SP method 4912. All fire tests are car­ried out in a test en­clo­sure where the fire-fight­ing per­for­mance of dif­fer­ent sup­pres­sion sys­tems can be eval­u­ated in a well-de­fined and ob­jec­tive way.

The test method in­cludes re­al­is­tic air­flows and rel­e­vant fire sce­nar­ios. In ad­di­tion, the test method is re­peat­able and re­pro­ducible, and it in­cludes test­ing of re-ig­ni­tion due to fuel spray of flammable liq­uid onto hot sur­faces. The test is adapt­able to sim­u­late the sup­pres­sion chal­lenges of less en­closed en­gine com­part­ments and can be with­out floor, ceil­ing or walls. It also has much im­proved re-ig­ni­tion pro­tec­tion.

There are 10 fire tests and a sep­a­rate hot sur­face re-ig­ni­tion test. Each of th­ese tests vary in dif­fi­culty and have their own rat­ing sys­tem.

In achiev­ing the P-mark SPCR 199, Re­ac­ton’s fire sup­pres­sion sys­tem scored the A+ rat­ing through­out RISE’S rig­or­ous test regime, which in­cluded demon­strat­ing the fol­low­ing:

• The sup­pres­sion sys­tem has been fire tested in a well-de­fined con­trolled en­vi­ron­ment in an ob­jec­tive way, pro­vid­ing re­al­is­tic and re­peat­able fire haz­ards.

• Thor­ough com­po­nent test­ing to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards in in­de­pen­dent ac­cred­ited test­ing lab­o­ra­to­ries. Th­ese me­chan­i­cal re­sis­tance tests cover ther­mal cycling, vi­bra­tion re­sis­tance, me­chan­i­cal shock, cor­ro­sion re­sis­tance and ingress pro­tec­tion.

• Ro­bust fire risk as­sess­ment doc­u­men­ta­tion is car­ried out on each ve­hi­cle type be­fore de­sign and in­stal­la­tion of the fire sup­pres­sion sys­tem.

• Full re­view of de­sign, in­stal­la­tion, op­er­a­tion and main­te­nance man­u­als.

• The fire sup­pres­sion man­u­fac­turer’s de­sign of sys­tems, pro­duc­tion and in­stal­la­tion con­trol is re­viewed by in­de­pen­dent ap­proved third-party au­di­tors as part of the over­all qual­ity as­sur­ance.

• Re­duc­tion in the loss of lives and ve­hi­cles. • Busi­ness con­ti­nu­ity.

A min­i­mum rat­ing of 7 is re­quired to pass the fire sup­pres­sion per­for­mance part of the ap­proval. This means that you can achieve a cer­tifi­cate with­out hav­ing to pass all the tests. For Re­ac­ton, this is not an op­tion; we do not ex­pect our clients to in­stall a sys­tem that can­not pass all of the fire tests avail­able. All Re­ac­ton fire sup­pres­sion sys­tems have the P-mark ap­proval with 10/10 or A+ rat­ings.

Dr. An­dreas Gor­bach, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Daimler Truck Fuel Cell Gmbh & Co. KG.

Prof. Dr. Chris­tian Mohrdieck, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Daimler Truck Fuel Cell Gmbh & Co. KG.

Gary Sher­ring­ton-boyd, gen­eral man­ager, Mid­dle East, North Africa and Asia, Re­ac­ton Fire Sup­pres­sion.

In achiev­ing the P-mark SPCR 199, Re­ac­ton’s fire sup­pres­sion sys­tem scored the A+ rat­ing through­out RISE’S rig­or­ous test regime.

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