FÉTIS Group Expands Global Operations and Focuses on Electrification

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FÉTIS Group Expands Global Operations and Focuses on Electrification

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Published on Mar. 15, 2024

In a recent article by Fabio Butturi Power Train International, FÉTIS Group’s strategic shift towards electric and hydrogen technologies is highlighted. The company is making significant strides towards embracing electric and hydrogen propulsion systems, marking a pivotal shift in its strategic direction.  Recently, the company opened a new facility in Ontario, Canada, and is strengthening its presence in France, Germany, and Spain. This expansion comes in response to growing demand for electrification and automation in vehicle systems, the company is poised to meet the evolving needs of OEMs and end-users alike.


With a focus on electrification, FÉTIS Group is poised to revolutionize the market with its expertise in power sources, electrical integration, software development, and hydraulic traction components. These efforts align with the company’s commitment to sustainability and addressing the evolving needs of OEMs and end-users.


Oliver Lythgoe, Chief Marketing Officer, emphasized the importance of local engineering and commercial capabilities in key regions like Germany and Spain. These strategic moves enable FÉTIS Group to offer tailored solutions and meet the diverse demands of customers across different sectors.


Hyvolution 2024 serves as a platform for FÉTIS Group to showcase its expertise in hydrogen technology across various sectors. From marine power engineering to power generation, the company is at the forefront of developing innovative solutions to drive the hydrogen ecosystem forward.


For more details on FÉTIS Group’s expansion into electric and hydrogen technologies, you can read the full article on Power Train International [here]

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Béatrice Nguyen-Calloch, Corporate Marketing & Communications Manager

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Hydrogen Powers Progress for FÉTIS Group

Hydrogen Powers Progress for The Fétis Group

Hydrogen Powers Progress for FÉTIS Group

Hydrogen Powers Progress for The Fétis Group

Published on Jan. 29, 2024

At the Hyvolution Exhibition in Paris on January 30th 2024, FÉTIS Group will be showcasing three successful hydrogen projects from the last year.

As hydrogen power is gaining traction, FÉTIS Group is committed to providing the largest solutions to help businesses decarbonize their operations for off-road mobility, marine and energy.

The group operates in industries that are often challenging to decarbonise such as agriculture, construction, power generation and professional marine. In many applications in these industries, battery electric systems will not be viable, due to equipment operation in remote locations with poor electricity grid infrastructure. 

The first of our highlighted projects is from our off-road engineering integration company, Dintec Solutions, who worked with Exxact Robotics on a hybrid hydrogen powertrain for an autonomous vineyard robot. The system comprises a fuel cell and its supporting systems, controls, software, electric power distribution and drives. 

Secondly, our marine integration team at Seco Marine designed a hydrogen system for an innovative hydrogen yacht. For marine, hydrogen has the advantage of not only a low carbon solution, but also a reduced noise, vibration and odour compared to conventional diesel propulsion. Seco Marine can provide complete low carbon marine power systems up to 6 Megawatts and are seeking further projects with boat builders and re-fitters for low carbon systems for professional marine vessels for coastal, estuary and river operation. 

Thirdly, the power generation division of our group, Geniwatt, is operating a 150kVA hydrogen generator set, based on a 7 litre, 6 cyclind internal combustion engine. This is suitable for longer continuous operating hours than equivalent fuel cell generators, which makes it suitable for many places that require clean, quiet power for extended periods. As the engine is hybridised with a battery storage system the fuel efficiency is excellent in real world situations. The hybrid design also provides a boost power capability that makes the generator suitable for handling peak power demands such as experienced when starting large electric motors. The technology chosen can also handle lower quality hydrogen than is possible with a fuel cell system. Initially we see the demand for hydrogen gensets from large construction companies, events organisers and for applications within the hydrogen ecosystem such as site power and gas compression.

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A look at the FÉTIS Group’s growth and future plans with Chairman Damien Fétis

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A look at the FÉTIS Group's growth and future plans with Chairman Damien Fétis

Published on Dec. 7,

In an interview with L’Invité.e Business, Damien Fétis, President of the FÉTIS Group, talks about the company’s long history, its evolution and international expansion, as well as its strategic vision for the future. The interview, hosted by Clément Lesort, explores the central role of the FÉTIS Group in advancing decarbonation across all industries.

Having grown up within the company founded by his parents in 1978, Damien Fétis took over as CEO in 2017. Focused on land and sea mobility, the FÉTIS Group comprises 28 entities, demonstrating a commitment to innovation and development. The interview highlights the company’s transformation projects, such as the conversion of the Grand Éléphant engine in Nantes from diesel to hybrid-electric.

Damien Fétis emphasized the importance of navigating a complex business environment with lucidity and clear-sighted decision-making. The three-pronged approach to leadership, combined with day-to-day operational involvement and strategic foresight, is the basic recipe of FÉTIS Group success.

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The FÉTIS Group expands international presence to drive the decarbonation of heavy mobility. ​

Bringing machines to life – The FÉTIS Group expands international presence to drive the decarbonation of heavy mobility

The FÉTIS Group expands international presence to drive the decarbonation of heavy mobility.

Bringing machines to life – The FÉTIS Group expands international presence to drive the decarbonation of heavy mobility

Published on Nov. 10, 

The FÉTIS Group, will be opening a new facility in Canada, and developing it’s international operations in France, Germany and Spain to better help OEMs to bring their next generation of low-carbon and automated machines to life.

Expansion into North America

The Fétis Group is announcing the establishment of a new facility in Ontario, Canada, which will be starting production of wiring harnesses for off-highway and specialised machines in November 2023.

“We have been developing our North America strategy following positive discussions with potential partners and customers”, explains Damien Fétis, President, The FÉTIS Group. “Our first facility in North America meets an immediate need in our industry.  Wiring harnesses are becoming more complex with increasing numbers of sensors to support automation, and the addition of high voltage circuits to support the move to vehicle electrification. Our customers tell us that it is difficult to find partners who can produce these systems to the required quality and in the volumes that are typical in our market. We have existing expertise both in the local Canada team and in our established facilities in Europe which have been experiencing high growth. This will be a great way for us to build presence in North America with a service that we know well and where we are highly competitive”

The parallel challenges of decarbonisation and automation

“Electrification of vehicles is not new for The Fétis Group”, says Oliver Lythgoe, Chief Marketing Officer, The FÉTIS group. “It is more than 10 years since we implemented our first electrification project. Now we are seeing the transition to lower carbon machines move into a new phase. Many OEMs in the market have already successfully completed and tested their first proof-of-concept electric machines and are now moving on to more serious machine development projects with an intention for series production and commercial sale. This is considerably more demanding for OEMs in terms of engineering, supply chain, quality processes, validation and planning for field supportability. We are restructuring our group to support OEM product development teams through this period of change”

The FÉTIS Group will be focusing on the following four areas of technology to help OEMs bring machines to life:

Firstly, there is the supply and integration of Power Sources themselves. In many cases these will be batteries, but hydrogen fuel cell or hydrogen combustion engines are also in demand due to faster refuelling and ability to operate in areas without grid connection.

Secondly, there is Electrical Integration. Power, often at high voltage, needs to be efficiently and safely managed. We have developed in-house capabilities for power distribution hardware, power management software and wiring production. Facilities in Germany and Spain are critical to this new capability and these are being further strengthened with the opening of the new facility in Canada.

Thirdly, we are expanding our software and controls activities. In the last two years we have doubled the number of software developers. As the industry moves from proof-of-concept projects to series production, concepts such as functional safety are driving a demand for rigour in software and hardware design.

Fourthly, we integrate the electric and hydraulic traction and actuation components to turn power into motion and useful work. Hydraulics will continue to be important in future machines, particularly for linear actuation, but the next generation of ultra-efficient hydraulics will need a much tighter integration with the electrical power systems and the electronic control architecture.

Expanding beyond off-highway machines

In 2004 a team was formed within The Fétis Group to serve off-highway industries such as construction, agriculture, materials handling and airport ground support. These applications are still focus areas which are experiencing sustained growth. “our activities have now expanded into adjacent sectors which are a great fit for our technical capabilities and where we are experiencing strong customer demand “says Lythgoe.  “Specialist on-highway trucks such as cranes, refuse vehicles, fire engines and similar have complex power requirements which we are well placed to serve. We will also be providing solutions for lower carbon power generation in the range 50 to 500kW.”

Production capabilities complement engineering know-how

“We know, that it is not enough to design a great machine.” says Lythgoe, “OEM’s need to develop simple, dependable and cost-efficient supply chains for low carbon systems of their future products. To support this, we have in-house complete system prototype and production capabilities.”

The new international organisational structure has the critical mass required to bring OEM a depth of expertise, whilst remaining lean and agile. “The ability to be fast, flexible and responsive will differentiate us in this fast evolving market”, concludes Lythgoe.

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Dintec Pioneers Advanced Drivetrain Solutions Across Industries

L'électrification en marche : DINTEC, une société de FÉTIS Group, pionnière en matière de solutions de transmission avancées dans tous les secteurs d'activité

Dintec, Pioneers Advanced Drivetrain Solutions Across Industries

L'électrification en marche : DINTEC, une société de FÉTIS Group, pionnière en matière de solutions de transmission avancées dans tous les secteurs d'activité

DINTEC, one of the decarbonation brands of the FÉTIS Group, is making strides in electrified drivetrain solutions across industries, including off-highway, commercial, and marine applications. Michael Schmitt, Dintec Gmbh’s representative, highlights their expertise in system integration and collaboration with suppliers like Danfoss Editron. The article by Julian Buckley, Editor at Power Progress International, provides insights into Dintec’s role within FÉTIS Group, emphasizing their adaptive approach to challenges in the evolving electrified vehicle market. For more details, refer to the original article by Julian Buckley on Power Progress International’s website.

For more details, you can explore the full article here.

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The FÉTIS Group Accelerates Towards Green Mobility

The FÉTIS Group Accelerates Towards Green Mobility

The FÉTIS Group Accelerates Towards Green Mobility

The FÉTIS Group Accelerates Towards Green Mobility

Published on March. 15, 2023

The FÉTIS Group, a Nantes-based enterprise with a long history in diesel engines, is orchestrating a significant shift towards electric and hydrogen power systems. With an international workforce of over 650 and more than €170 million in revenue, the company a leader and catalyst in the evolving landscape of heavy mobility. Committed to helping the industry to reduce carbon emissions, Fétis Group is increasing its workforce, and is actively recruiting, especially for technical roles across France, as well as internationally.

Positioned at the forefront of the energy transition, the FÉTIS Group recognizes the pivotal role of hydrogen in the future of mobility. Leveraging 45 years of industry experience, the company is intensifying its focus on innovative solutions. The recent investment in a research and development center, amounting to €1.5 million annually, underscores the commitment to pioneering technologies. This strategic move aligns with FÉTIS Group’s ambition to become a major European integrator in decarbonized heavy mobility. 

 

For more details, you can explore the full article here.

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Béatrice Nguyen-Calloch, Corporate Marketing & Communications Manager

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