Froude Hofmann was acquired by the Harris Watson group in 2007. The business offers a wide range of engine and vehicle dynamometer test solutions for the automotive, aerospace and marine industries with manufacturing sites in Worcester, Detroit and Elze, Germany.
Since its acquisition by Harris Watson, Froude Hofmann has invested heavily in new routes to market and product development leading to a significant increase in order intake from around the world. Today, Froude Hofmann has additional sales and service centres in Australia, Brazil, China, Czech Republic, France and India. The business offers a truly global solution for the major OEM and Tier 1 players in the automotive, aerospace and marine industries.
Over the past year, almost 50% of orders have come from new product development and new routes to market. Some of the innovative new products Froude Hofmann has introduced include a state-of-the-art robot driver for chassis dynamometer and power-train applications, and the vDriver product that reproduces real-driver and route characteristics into engine and vehicle test cells. These new products provide customers with powerful tools to assist in the rapid development of hybrid and alternative fuel power for trains and vehicles.
In other sectors, Froude Hofmann has expanded its range of aerospace and marine dynamometers, and gained significant market share within each market.