If there are any clear winners in the emissions scandal at Volkswagen, it would be Germany-based electronics specialists Maha AIP and its Austrian competitor, AVL List.
The companies produce measuring devices that environmental agencies, automakers and other vehicle-related testing organizations plan to use for emissions testing on cars. The testing would be done in everyday situations on roads — and not in the laboratory.
The devices, which cost at least €80,000 ($87,040) each and are in bright yellow boxes attached to the outside of cars, are in demand more than ever before. The producers can hardly keep up with orders coming from testers.
“We are anxiously awaiting ours,” said Reinhard Kolke, head of the test and technology division of the German automobile club ADAC.