Regal Beloit Corporation announced that it has acquired Ramu, Inc., a motor and control technology company headquartered in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Ramu, Inc. is a startup company founded by Krishnan Ramu with a research and development team dedicated to the development of switched reluctance motor technology. Switched reluctance technology is a type of motor design suitable for applications requiring improved operating efficiencies, high operating speeds, or high ambient temperature conditions. An additional strategic feature of switched reluctance is that it does not use permanent magnet materials to create the operating torque of the motor.
Ramu, Inc.’s management and technical leadership will continue to guide the research and development efforts at Ramu, Inc., which will remain headquartered in Blacksburg. This team will be focused on expanding Ramu, Inc.’s current portfolio of multiple patents and patent applications as well as integrating the technology into Regal Beloit’s broad motor portfolio for commercialization across multiple Regal Beloit brands.
Henry W. Knueppel, chairman and CEO of Regal Beloit, said, “We are very excited to announce the acquisition of Ramu, Inc. The company’s innovative and talented R&D team is an important strategic addition to our global technical resources. We see potential differentiated value for our customers if we are able to successfully integrate this technology into our energy-efficiency motor portfolio.”
Ramu Inc.’s technology remains in the development stage.