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MTS ANNOUNCES NEW MOTORSPORTS TECHNOLOGY GROUP
Eden Prairie, Minn. – July 9, 2014 – MTS Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: MTSC), a leading global supplier of high-performance test systems and position sensors, today announced that in conjunction with its initiative to accelerate technology development, it has created a new Motorsports Technology Group in the Test business. This group is dedicated to providing advanced technical solutions and support to the motorsports market sector of the automotive industry. Motorsports is a strategically important global business of highly engaged participants and sponsors, and a loyal, technically informed audience. The advanced systems developed by MTS are designed to address the unique technical challenges encountered in motorsports. Historically, MTS has solved these challenges and then broadly applied the technology to test systems in the OEM automotive sector. Almost all OEM automotive companies compete in one or more of the principal racing series, including Formula 1 (F1), NASCAR and the new all-electric series, Formula E.
“Motorsports companies are experts in continuous improvement, aggressive cycle-time reductions, efficient design, and technology innovation,” stated the group’s new leader, Professor Mark Gillan, Ph.D. “Motorsports divisions of the major automotive OEMs are also currently leading the development of advanced Energy Recovery Systems (ERS) to improve fuel efficiency without compromising either driving characteristics or performance. In order to support their dynamic business, they need equally dynamic, well-informed and results-driven technology partners who can ideally make the sometimes seemingly impossible tasks possible. This is where MTS excels.”
MTS has a long and proud history of innovation in motorsports testing systems. Examples include the MTS wind tunnel test system suite, the heart of which is the world’s first single steel belt rolling road system, and the F1 transmission test system, which incorporates a unique high-speed, ultra-low inertia electric input motor that can replicate the highly complex F1 operating environment. These innovative test systems have transformed the development process for F1 vehicles and have been adopted by the automotive OEM’s worldwide.
“MTS’ proven expertise and innovation in the motorsports arena has created exciting market opportunities for us,” said Dr. Mike Jost, Senior Vice President and General Manager of MTS Test. “As an example, since our first installation of a rolling road system in 1999, we have continued to develop and enhance this offering. Today, the technology is used in a wide range of automotive applications and recently has been extended to the aerospace industry for take-off and landing optimization studies. We have sold over 20 rolling road systems worldwide, generating over $250 million in revenue, while helping our customers reduce their development cycle time and improve the performance of their new product designs. Once again, this is a clear example of how our motorsports innovation helps feed the larger market sectors.”
“The new Motorsports Technology Group is an agile, highly skilled team that will build on the long track record of success in delivery, innovation and future vision,” commented Dr. Jeffrey Graves, President and Chief Executive Officer of MTS Systems. “This group will serve as an incubator for new MTS technologies that can be leveraged to support our growth objectives in the coming years. We have high expectations for this talented group and look forward to the exciting new products as they are introduced in the future.”
About MTS Systems Corporation
MTS Systems Corporation’s testing hardware and software solutions help customers accelerate and improve their design, development, and manufacturing processes and are used for determining the mechanical behavior of materials, products, and structures. MTS’ high-performance position sensors provide controls for a variety of industrial and vehicular applications. MTS had 2,299 employees at September 28, 2013 and revenue of $569 million for the fiscal year ended September 28, 2013. Additional information on MTS can be found at http://www.mts.com.
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