With KDG Aboard, Motion Launches Mi Fluid Power Solutions Brand

It stems from Motion’s recent $1.3 billion acquisition of Kaman Distribution Group and unites the company’s top-tier fluid power business units.
Motion Fluid Power

For the second time this year, Motion is rolling out a new business brand.

The MRO parts distribution giant announced June 2 that it has launched Mi Fluid Power Solutions (Mi FPS), representing the formation of the company’s fluid power segment.

Birmingham, Alabama-based Motion (formerly Motion Industries) said MI FPS unites its top tier fluid power business units, which include the former Kaman Fluid Power divisions of BW Rogers, Catching FluidPower, Intellimotion, Calkins Fluid Power, Northwest Hose & Fittings, Western Fluid Components and Inrumec, along with Hydraulic Supply Company and Motion’s OE Mobile service capabilities. 

Now under one umbrella, those units go forward as a complete provider of fluid power, integrated electronic controls and electro-mechanical technologies for industrial and mobile equipment.

Motion said Mi FPS’ key focus areas are in hydraulics, pneumatics, lubrication, filtration, process pumps, precision industrial tooling and factory automation products. The new and serviced components in those areas range from hydraulic pumps and motors to valves and cylinders across a vast array of sizes.

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The company stated that Mi Fluid Power Solutions comprises North America’s largest network of more than 65 on-demand retail fluid power hydraulic and industrial hose assembly stores and support facilities, including repair, build and engineering capabilities.

The new brand serves customers in the fields of automotive, aerospace, metals, logistics, mobile off-road equipment, mining, medical, pharmaceutical and other industries while applying “the highest-quality” fluid power components and engineered systems.

“Fluid power combines products and engineering skills to design a system that solves a customer’s need,” said David Mayer, who leads the new brand as Motion’s Group Vice President of Fluid Power. “We have partnered with the world’s best suppliers to provide more products, more inventories and more robust capabilities to ensure we can optimally solve a project, maintenance or production problem. Our deep inventory of hydraulic equipment, pneumatics, pumps, filtration, motors and lubrication products get any equipment up and running quickly. We also offer services that run the gamut from barcoded hose assemblies and VMI delivery services to pressure testing, design of mobile equipment, hydraulic manifold design and custom power units with complete integrated controls and software.” 

The announcement comes five months after Motion completed its $1.3 billion acquisition of Kaman Distribution Group and four months after the company announced the formation and launch of its Motion Automation Intelligence brand (MotionAI).

MDM PODCAST: Inside the Motion-KDG Acquisition with Randy Breaux (Feb. 9)

Randy Breaux

Motion’s President, Randy Breaux, said, “Fluid power continues to be in high demand due to its unique ability to deliver high forces and torque in the most challenging applications,” Motion President Randy Breaux said in a news release. “As North American industry and infrastructure grow, the Mi FPS team is well-positioned to offer the latest product and service innovations to meet this rising market demand. Thanks to this talented group and investments supporting the new brand, we are ready to serve our customers even better than before — offering more choices and more solutions.”

On April 21, Motion’s parent company, Genuine Parts Company, reported that Motion had 2022 first quarter total sales of $2.0 billion, up 33.6% year-over-year, with KDG accounting for nearly half of that major increase (17.9 percentage points). 

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