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Quimera and Altran: A relationship of equals

June 4, 2012

Quimera and Altran: A relationship of equals

IN 2010, A PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED BETWEEN THE QUIMERA PROJECT AND THE ALTRAN GROUP.

AS GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY PARTNER, ALTRAN PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF INNOVATIVE SUSTAINABLE PROJECTS BY QUIMERA, ESPECIALLY REGARDING MOBILITY.

Why did Altran and Quimera build a relationship?
> Javier de Rocafort: Quimera bases its business model on strategic partnerships and alliances. Altran was the most interesting option in order to achieve the goal of partnering with the best in the engineering sector while sharing almost identical views and goals.
> Alfonso Martinez: Quimera is a key business platform for Altran's sustainability projects. They have gathered a unique international group of individuals and companies around this growing market. We built our relationship project by project, creating business synergies and going together to see some key clients.

What does Altran bring to Quimera in this partnership?
> Alfonso Martinez: We bring our vast expertise in technology and innovation to help them develop R&D and operational projects worldwide. We allow Quimera to present proven expertise in many key fields: embedded and critical systems, mechanical engineering, manufacturing and operations, etc.
> Javier de Rocafort: Quimera is used to undertaking R&D initiatives with a clear focus on the bottom line. Thanks to Altran, our projects can build on a wide know-how in sustainable mobility technologies. Other projects in the pipeline (vertical wind turbine, smart chargers) are also being managed together with Altran.

How important is electric propulsion to the automotive industry?
> Alfonso Martinez: In some cases, profitable business models are yet to be defined, but it clearly represents the future for many solutions in mobility. The price/performance ratio for energy storage systems is decreasing. Fossil fuel costs are rising. Pollution and CO2 emissions are more and more relevant for both individuals and governments. These facts point to a clear design success scenario.
> Javier de Rocafort: It is one way to create zero-emissions vehicles, and one of the focus areas of our partnership. However, Quimera and Altran are also looking into other technologies offering a clean alternative to the traditional combustion engine.

What are the main achievements of Altran and Quimera so far?
> Javier de Rocafort: In 30 months, we have been able to set up a long- term and reliable network of highly committed partners and to deploy successful R&D projects that have generated massive media, B2B and general public exposure and awareness. Quimera's participation in many international fairs, conferences and public street contributed significantly to changing the common view about green technologies.
> Alfonso Martinez: Our common R&D platform allowed for the development of several all-electric racing vehicles. We started our collaboration in the latter development stages of the All-Electric GT, and now we are fully involved in the next generation projects, mainly the AEGT- Evo2 and the AEGF concept cars.

Where are Altran and Quimera heading now?
> Alfonso Martinez: Altran will be the main technology developer for the upcoming Quimera Responsible Racing championship. The recent presentation of Altran's Excellence Centre for New Automotive Technologies in Barcelona demonstrated the existing and future synergies between Altran and Quimera.
> Javier de Rocafort: Altran and Quimera will follow an even more convergent path over the next years. The partnership is facing a crucial phase where both companies have to increase their respective levels of commitment. I am convinced both companies will keep on playing their part in order to provide solutions that will allow us to keep up the pace and to spearhead new forms of mobility.

Source: Altitude (Altran magazine, issue n. 21)

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