For more than 20 years, Schubeler Technologies GmbH has been establishing its global presence as a premier manufacturer of advanced electric propulsion systems and lightweight airframe structures. Schubeler 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, Schubeler 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 Schubeler 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 Schubeler Technologies founder and aerodynamic expert Daniel Schubeler 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, Schubeler chose to focus on his own company. Since 1997, Schubeler 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, Schubeler Technologies provides custom-made turnkey solutions that meet the most exacting requirements.
As a pioneering founder, Daniel Schubeler 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 Schubeler 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 Schubeler. “The combination of our teams will lead to astonishing solutions in the years to come.”
With this merger, Schubeler Technologies will retain its brand but combine services in the areas of administration, organization and international sales while expanding Microdrones’ UAV technology capabilities. Schubeler 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.