WESTPORT ACQUIRES PRINS
Move expected to give customers wide range of alternative fuel options
Westport Innovations Inc. of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, said it would have
access to a broad spectrum of alternative fuel offerings because of its acquisition of Prins Autogassystemen Holding
BV late last year. Westport paid approximately $15.1 million for the company.
Prins Autogassystemen, headquartered in Eindhoven, Netherlands, is a
developer of fuel systems for liquefied
petroleum gas (LPG or propane), compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) in light-, medium-and heavy-duty applications. Founded
in 1986, it has capabilities in engineering, research and development as well
as an extensive knowledge of fuel systems, including software, testing and
certification, Westport said.
“Prins’ globally respected product
line, their strong track record in continuous innovation and new product
introductions combined with its original equipment manufacturer relationships complement our products and
OEM coverage to provide us with a
great position as the go-to partner
for alternative fuel solutions,” said
Mehran Rahbar, executive vice president, On-Road Systems & Applied
Technologies, Westport Innovations.
Among the company’s products
is the Prins Dieselblend- 2.0 diesel
dual-fuel (DDF) system. It converts
truck diesel engines to dual fuel by
replacing a quantity of diesel with
LPG, CNG, LNG or biogas. The sys-
tem communicates with the engine
control unit (ECU) via CANbus to
ensure a fully computer-controlled
injection of gas depending on the
specific characteristics of the engine.
“In terms of market, Prins is more
focused on light-duty and medium-duty
and provides technology that didn’t
already belong to Westport, specifically
DDF and direct injection,” Rahbar said.
“Prins’ expertise in software related
to the electronic devices also broad-
ens our opportunities. Also, its experi-
ence in liquid and vapor direct-injection
technology provides a good comple-
ment to the products available through
Westport’s Italian companies.”
Prins and Westport first worked
together several years ago through
Alternative Fuel Vehicle Sweden AB
(AFV) in the development of bi-fuel
vehicles for Volvo Car Corp. Westport
Innovations acquired AFV in 2011.
Now operated as Westport Sweden,
it currently supplies natural gas fuel
systems for the Volvo V70 and V60 bi-
fuel station wagons sold in Sweden.
“By purchasing Prins, we’ve been
able to leverage the existing relationship between the companies,”
Prins has customers in more than
50 countries through a global distribution network with OEMs, country
importers and distributors. For example, it has developed systems for the
top six European truck brands and has
a long-standing relationship with suppliers such as Keihin Corp. and Bosch.
“The acquisition gives us visibil-
MAN’s ProfiDrive driver-training trucks use the Prins Dieselblend dual-fuel system.
ity in new geographies and to a new
customer base,” Rahbar said. “There
are hardly duplications in these areas,
so the acquisition gives Westport a
complementary addition in customer
and regional base. From a market
perspective, it adds new markets —
Thailand, Africa and Germany — and
Prins is currently part of a joint