30 Years of IAV – The prominent Automotive Engineering partner is looking to an exciting future

September 26, 2013 // Berlin. Now 30 years old, IAV can look back on a track record of success and present some glowing figures. Above all, though, the company is gearing up for the future; in 2020, IAV will have a headcount of over 7,000 and also be operating on an even broader footing internationally. The development partner’s growth is being driven by the knowledge of its ability to work on a level technological playing field with the automobile manufacturers, which of course also benefits customers.

The diversity of technological progress is seeing the emergence of more and more development partnerships in the automotive industry, with engineering partners playing an increasingly important part against a backdrop of growing, responsibility and expectations. “Expertise and innovative strength will be demanded from us at an even faster pace”, says Kurt Blumenröder, IAV’s President and CEO. “This is why we need to demonstrate a high level of flexibility so we can respond to changes in product policy, even during the development phase”, Blumenröder continues.

Some 50 percent of all IAV projects are currently associated with hybridization and electrification. Already working on the next two generations of hybrid vehicles, the engineering company is expecting this technological trend to continue and these vehicles to gain greater acceptance as traveling ranges increase and more functions are added.

A similar trend is seen for all-electric vehicles. “Consumer behavior will gradually change once different propulsion concepts have been available alongside each other for a while. More and more families will own an electric car as a second or even third vehicle”, Kurt Blumenröder says.

To broaden its range of expertise, IAV invests tens of millions every year in technical facilities and its own advance development activity where concepts and solutions are engineered for the automobile’s entire technology spectrum.

This is IAV: “Expertise in the whole vehicle”

Employing over 5,000 members of staff, IAV is one of the world’s leading providers of engineering services to the automotive industry. The company has been developing innovative concepts and technologies for future vehicles for over 30 years. Core competencies include production-ready solutions in all fields of electronics, powertrain and vehicle development. Clients include all of the world's premier automobile manufacturers and suppliers. In addition to development centers in Berlin (headquarters), Gifhorn and Chemnitz, IAV also operates from other locations in Germany, Europe, Asia as well as North and South America.