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May 24, 2018
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Grand Rapids Township-based Burke Porter Group is a family of companies that make "intelligent" machines for manufacturers in multiple industries. Photo via fb.com

A local maker of intelligent machines has signed a partnership with an engineering services provider for the automotive industry.

Ada-based Burke Porter Group, or BPG, said this month it signed a strategic consulting partnership with Auburn Hills-based WinterPark Engineering.

Together, BPG and WinterPark will aim to provide “cost-effective” emission and diagnostic services to their common automotive customers worldwide.

“Through our strategic partnership with WinterPark, we can go beyond identifying the problems for our customers to helping them come up with the solutions,” said David DeBoer, CEO, BPG.

“Emissions testing is more complex than ever, with regulations constantly changing.”

Mark Frank, CEO of WinterPark, said the arrangement combines BPG’s “history of vehicle knowledge” with WinterPark’s “expertise in creating solutions for emissions challenges” to better serve automotive customers.

Partnership details

WinterPark’s relationships with regulatory agencies will help “ensure BPG’s vehicle testing systems continue to meet global regulatory standards.”

BPG’s “direct knowledge” and “industry-recognized vehicle test systems” will provide WinterPark the opportunity to approach new customers in the automotive space.

With more than 75 years of combined automotive industry experience, BPG and WinterPark have completed projects for various automotive companies, including Fiat Chrysler, Nissan and Hyundai.

BPG and WinterPark said they expect to “periodically evaluate and refine their relationship” as BPG’s business evolves.

Burke Porter Group

Founded in 1953, BPG designs, manufactures and supplies customized intelligent machinery that integrates sensor-based feedback to modify machine control and performance.

Its customers are in the automotive, advanced manufacturing and life science industries in 30 locations in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

BPG’s portfolio includes a number of brands: Van Hoecke Automation; Titan, Kleinknecht; Lismar; Universal Balancing; Cimat; Epic Equipment & Engineering; XL Machine Co.; Korvis, Primatics; and Burke E. Porter Machinery Co.

WinterPark Engineering

Established in 2006, WinterPark Engineering delivers engineering solutions connected to on-board diagnostics, emissions controls and vehicle testing.

Its solutions apply to passenger, heavy-duty, industrial, military and marine vehicles.

WinterPark also assists automotive original equipment manufacturers, or OEMs, in obtaining regulatory approvals.

The company works with clients throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

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