The company, based out of Cleveland, Ohio, is now part of L’Orange, a German company specialising in electronically-controlled, high-pressure injection technology for diesel and heavy fuel oil engines.
Fluid Mechanics, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, will continue to operate under the same name and with the same personnel in North America but as a fully functioning operation of L’Orange.
With all employees and the current management retained, Olav Altmann, head of sales at L’Orange, believes this will be the perfect starting point to expand in the important North American engine sector and an ideal fit for both companies.
"In China, we laid the foundations for the Asian market in 2009 with the opening of our office in Suzhou," said Altmann.
"Now we are doing the same in the Americas with our long-term distribution partner in the US, building on our many years of experience with Fluid Mechanics and on its solid market presence."
Along with continuing to support the US military by providing main propulsion and auxiliary engine fuel systems from L’Orange, Fluid Mechanics will also continue to work closely with the US defence procurement system to provide genuine parts for contracted military work.
The company has worked in the engine market and has been providing engine services to power plants for more than 30 years. With continued growth in other parts of the Americas, in particular the Caribbean and Central America, Fluid Mechanics will play an increasingly important role in keeping diesel engines operating efficiently, now with the round-the-clock availability of L’Orange products 365 days a year.
Fluid Mechanics will be the main point of contact for OEMs in the US and, from its new Avon Lake, Cleveland headquarters, it will also serve markets on the east coast of the US and in the future, the west coast, Canada and South America will be added to the list. The company’s largest operating sector is in industrial power plants followed by shipping applications and military work.
Fluid Mechanics sells injection systems, high-pressure fuel lines, intake and exhaust valves, and piston rings, among many other original parts for medium-speed engines.
Formerly senior manager production common rail injectors at L’Orange, Herwig Flug has now become president and CEO of Fluid Mechanics, and has welcomed the new operation as a tangible sign of success for both companies in the important North American market.
"We will be analysing the market very closely. In the future, we will gradually expand our service offer on site and further develop Fluid Mechanics into a central service and sales hub for North and South America," Flug said.