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3 July 2020

Rolls-Royce strengthens growth opportunities with Kinolt Acquisition

Rolls-Royce is strengthening its business in power supply for safety-critical systems with the completion of the acquisition of Kinolt S.A. Rolls-Royce is already a leading provider of back-up power generation through its Power Systems business with its product and solutions brand MTU. This market has remained a growth area during the Covid-19 pandemic and is expected to grow in the coming years as customers look to further minimize their risk of disruption.

This acquisition is another important step on the strategic journey of Power Systems towards becoming a full-service provider of integrated solutions.

Andreas Schell, CEO of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, said: “The extraordinary times created by the Covid-19 pandemic have shown just how important it is to secure electricity supply to sensitive and critical infrastructure. The provision of uninterruptible power is vital in any situation and even more so today, as it ensures the provision of vital services such as medical care or the world’s continued flow of internet traffic. Without it, no public authority or company would be able to act in any crisis."

The demand for uninterruptible power solutions is expected to remain strong in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. The acquisition of Kinolt will give Rolls-Royce a market-leading solution for businesses and local authorities who experienced issues with supply, or do not wish to run the risk again.

Power Generation is already the top-selling segment within the Power Systems business. In the future it is expected to be the only manufacturer in the world able to supply customers with all components and consequently a complete uninterrupted power generation system in the power range from 200 to 3,200 kVA. Kinolt's technology consists of a combination of rotating, kinetic mass storage devices, a diesel engine and a generator that can also be used as an electric motor. MTU engines from Rolls-Royce are often already used within Kinolt’s solutions. The Kinolt system is connected between the external power supply system and safety-critical equipment and supplies the latter with the required electrical power during normal operation. The grid frequency and voltage are generally more stable than the grid of public power suppliers. This is necessary because data servers, computer-controlled systems or sensitive devices such as those in hospitals can fail in the event of voltage and frequency fluctuations. In the case of a power failure, the flywheel mass accumulator ‘bridges’ the first few seconds before the diesel engine takes up the load.

"We will integrate the products and systems of our new subsidiary into our MTU product portfolio,” said Andreas Görtz, Vice President of Power Generation at Rolls-Royce. “Our worldwide sales and service network will open up new market opportunities by offering innovative uninterruptible power solutions. This will significantly strengthen our market position in safety-critical applications."

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KINOLT to join Rolls-Royce Power Systems

3i Group plc (“3i”) and co-investors have agreed the sale of KINOLT to Rolls-Royce, a global leader in power and propulsion systems.

KINOLT, headquartered in Belgium, designs, manufactures and maintains dynamic uninterruptable power supply (“Dynamic UPS”) systems for customers across the globe through its network of 13 locations. Dynamic UPS systems are highly relevant to customers operating in an environment where a power outage would have severe consequences, including data centres, hospitals, airports, other critical infrastructure and critical manufacturing facilities.

KINOLT has achieved double-digit annual sales growth since 3i invested in 2015, underpinned by attractive market fundamentals and the growth of the international sales network. Over the past five years, KINOLT has cemented its position as a technological leader in the growth market for Dynamic UPS systems. 3i has worked closely together with the KINOLT management team to significantly expand KINOLT’s international footprint and have continued to invest in product innovation.

Rolls-Royce is a strong strategic partner to help drive the next growth phase of KINOLT, bringing unique expertise and a global sales network. The KINOLT product portfolio is highly complementary to the current offering of Rolls-Royce and fits well within the strategy of Rolls-Royce Power Systems, which is focused on becoming a provider of integrated solutions.

The transaction is subject to customary antitrust approvals. Closing is expected in the next months.

African Airport Summit

19-20TH FEBRUARY 2020

Meet KINOLT at the African Airport Summit in Accra, Ghana

KINOLT will once again be present at the African Airport Summit on the 19-20th February in Accra, Ghana. Supporting the rising air transportation needs in Africa, where nearly 100 airport projects are expected to be developed in upcoming years.

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (which issues Standards and Recommended Practices/Policies in support of the civil aviation sector) has defined the secondary/backup power that airports must install to support their critical systems including the maximum switchover time between primary and secondary power supplies.

In CAT II or CAT III conditions or Runway Visual Ranges below 800 metres, the maximum switchover time for most systems is one second. Key systems, such as Instrument Landing, require a completely no-break secondary power source ensuring an uninterruptible secondary power supply. The KINOLT KS airport design fulfils these requirements and the need for a seamless transfer from the utility power supply to the KS secondary power supply, as well as a seamless restoration of service following a transfer. The KINOLT KS offers you a secondary power supply for as long as you require (until the primary power supply is restored) without limitation of operating hours.

When a power outage is not an option, TRUSTED POWER is the foundation on which all critical airport systems should operate, and it is where your partnership with KINOLT begins.

Please come along and meet Bernard Hanssens, our Managing Director, Middle-East and Africa. He will be pleased to share our success stories and talk through future opportunities.

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KINOLT at DCD Singapore 2019 trade show

On 17–18 September 2019 KINOLT will attend the DCD exhibiton at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. During this important event for the global Data Centre sector, KINOLT will reveal its new identity for the first time at a live exhibition. KINOLT staff will showcase our latest KS® innovations, the online KS® Configurator and our recent track record with leading data centres across the globe.

Come and meet KINOLT at DCD 2019 in Singapore!


Euro-Diesel is now KINOLT !

On June 20 we officially launched our new company name KINOLT.
A milestone moment for our company!

While our company has grown rapidly over the last thirty years, our image and the overall way we portrayed ourselves to the outside world, has not changed with us. We felt that the impression our customers were getting from our company no longer reflected our true and unique strength.

Therefore we decided to update and upgrade our company image and go for a total rebranding effort that included a new name: KINOLT. Derived from the words KINetic (energy) and vOLT our new name is based on the foundation of our core business: Dynamic UPS.

The name KINOLT will give new meaning to our company and enables us to continue on our path of growth that started in 1989 when a team of young and ambitious engineers specialising in critical power systems founded Euro-Diesel.

Our new name is accompanied by a short but very firm promise to you and to your customers: TRUSTED POWER. Simply because it is our business to keep your business up and running.

No matter what happens and no matter where you are!