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Booster was set up in 2015 from the merger of CCN and PRAE-TURBO. Following the introduction of a new company strategy, the company entered the e-mobility market in 2022. With previous experience in energy, industrial, fuel cell, medical and turbocharging sectors, this diversification advanced the company’s multi-sector capabilities even further.

The company’s facilities are located across North America, Asia and Europe,

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The company has five factories, totalling 34,500 square metres of floor space, perfect for maintaining an impressively Ever-professional, Booster takes the confidentiality of all clients and projects very seriously. Any clients that choose to work with the company can rest assured that their projects are in capable hands.

Not only does Booster supply its customers with high-quality components, but the company also offers customers dependable consultancy services. Knowing that even the best projects can have complications, Booster likes to collaborate with cu stomers as soon as possible. “We try to get involved in our customers’ projects at the very early stages of development,” Mr Cordes explained. “By doing so, we can consult with them on the best ways to adjust the protypes to meet their vision and meet any standardised requirements.”

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Highlighting its commitment to growth, Booster has entered several new markets. Most recently the company has embarked upon the e-mobility sector. Already an expert in turbochargers, Booster strategically transferred this knowledge to electric cars.

With the advancement of electric cars, companies are looking to push the vehicles’ capabilities even further. Whether that’s through the improvement of distance c ap- abilities or lengthening battery life, these vehicles are becoming more complex and require more intricate technical solutions. These advancements also come with greater thermal management requirements.

A product that has become increasingly popular since it entered the e-mobility sector is the scroll compressor using precision components from Booster are perfect for thermal management. “When it comes to e-mobility, thermal management is very important,” Mr Cordes said. “If a customer wants the batteries and other key motors to last a long time, and if they want their cars to get the most mileage out of each charge, then the vehicles need good thermal management.

“To meet these efficiency demands, the compressors our customers design and components we make are becoming more sophisticated, and therefore, need to be more intricate as well.”

Just like any new investment, there are risks involved with the unknown. However, Mr Cordes feels these risks come part and parcel with the business. “Stepping into a new market is always a gamble; if a

company makes this decision, it needs to be prepared to get involved in smaller projects,” Mr Cordes said. “Some of these projects will naturally grow and develop – becoming the next big thing. However, some will disappear and be unsuccessful. To have a future in the industry, people have to accept that there will be certain risks involved.”

The company has also set its sights on the hydrogen sector. With hydrogen systems and fuel cells relied upon on an industrial scale, the company’s precision components are essential to ensure the success of these systems. Producing impeller and compressor wheels, housings and other precision components for mobile and stationary fuel cell systems, Booster can provide high-quality solutions that have been co-designed with customers and manufactured in-house.

“Working with hydrogen requires a lot of precision, and when it comes to using compressor technology for fuel cells, that precision is quintessential,” Mr Cordes said. “Using our previous experience manufacturing compressors, we can provide that excellence.”

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The company also offers bespoke casting for those requiring components made from customised materials. This casting takes place at Booster’s facility in Slovakia, providing customers with centrifugal and investment casting, plus, with its own material specialists, the company can offer support and advice to ensure com -

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to work with suppliers who are based near its factories.

“We try to keep everything as local as possible,” Mr Cordes said. “Where possible we search for suppliers in the same regions as our facilities or encourage

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global partners to engage with local ser vice. This has many advantages: firstly the proximity reduces the risk of long lead times for parts deliveries and the removal of overseas shipping also improves our environmental footprint. We have long- approved quality processes which enable us to provide our customers with the very best products and continue to meet their expectations.

“Also, as an automotive supplier, we have the necessary certificates, and leading by example, we know what to expect from our suppliers. We carry out auditing based on IATF and VDA compliance standards.”

Onwards and upwards

One of the challenges faced by Booster is reflected across the entire industry. With energy prices at an all-time high, many companies have struggled to cope. Booster, however, turned this into an opportunity to improve. “We have reduced our energy usage for all our factories,” Mr Cordes said. “There are many ways we are doing this, but one great example is our heat usage.

“We are using the heat produced from our manufacturing machines to heat all our offices, so, not only are we reducing our CO2 emissions and becoming less dependent on external energy sources, we are also reducing waste as well. Most of our factories also have photovoltaic panels to encourage the generation of green energy.”

With expansion on the cards, Booster is heavily focused on strategic investments. “In 2021, we invested in a new plant in China, perfectly equipping us with the tools needed to reach future growth demands and potential growth into new sectors,” Mr Cordes concluded. “We want to develop the markets that we have already defined; however, our main objective is to further diversify.

“We have a clear plan to transform the Booster portfolio within the next year –developing fuel cells usage and e-mobility. With a footprint in three continents, we are set up perfectly to achieve these goals.”

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