Valeo joins hands with Pyeong HWA Group to create Valeo-Kapec

On February 6, 2017, Valeo announced that it had signed an agreement with its long­standing South Korean partner, PHC Group, to create a joint venture set to become the world leader in torque converters for automatic and continuous variable transmissions.

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Having obtained the necessary regulatory approvals, Valeo and its partner PHC Group today confirmed that the transaction has been completed.

The company will employ approximately 3,150 people and will be controlled and fully consolidated by Valeo. It is forecast to generate sales of around 1 billion euros on an annual basis and will be accretive to Valeo’s operating margin from its first fiscal year.

Valeo-Kapec will capitalize on the two partners’ strong geographic, product and business complementarity to create purchasing, manufacturing and, above all, R&D synergies.

“By strengthening our ties with our long-standing South Korean partner and creating this joint venture, we will double our sales of torque converters for automatic and continuous variable transmissions and become the world leader in this high-technology product line,” said Jacques Aschenbroich, Valeo’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “And by stepping up our presence in South Korea and increasing sales to Hyundai-Kia, we expect our sales in Asia to increase by around 500 million euros.”

Via: Valeo

Cummins Inc launches parts.cummins.com , an online parts catalog

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COLUMBUS, Ind.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 6, 2017– Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) today announced the launch of parts.cummins.com, an innovative approach to its online parts catalog. The new site allows users to search for parts information using any serial or part number available on their Cummins engine or component including Holset® turbochargers, Onan generators, aftertreatment solutions and Fleetguard® filtration solutions. Customers no longer need to visit multiple sites to research Cummins associated parts.

“Never before have you seen a consolidated open access parts catalog like this from Cummins. Parts.cummins.com was built to empower our customer’s success by finding the right part the first time, every time,” said Mike Champlin, Director of Aftermarket Information Management for Cummins.

Parts.cummins.com has been designed with Cummins customers in mind. Customers now have the ability to quickly identify the correct parts and create a pick list that they can share with any Cummins distribution partner, who can then accurately quote and fulfill their order through the Cummins global network of central warehouses and regional distribution centers. By providing customers the ability to accurately identify parts and having stock of those parts closer to the point of use; Cummins is helping get customers back to work as fast as possible.

Parts.cummins.com offers unique part details including engine system, sub-system, and individual part graphics. Part detail pages will also include part dimensions, alternative part options including supersessions, and applicable part related kits to ensure customers get all the parts they need the first time. Additionally, parts.cummins.com is mobile device ready for a responsive experience and easy navigation. The site is available globally at no charge and with no registration required.

In the coming months, additional features will be released including language translations and the capability to search by unique part attributes like dimension, saleability, voltage, flywheel rotation, thread pitch and more.

About Cummins

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins currently employs approximately 55,400 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 7,400 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.39 billion on sales of $17.5 billion in 2016

Source: Cummins Inc

Meritor Announces Acquisition of Product Portfolio and Technologies of Fabco Holdings, Inc. — Press Releases: allnewsitems

Item Date: 9/5/2017 Date: Sep 05 2017 Body: Expands Portfolio for Specialty, Defense and Off-Highway Customers Globally TROY, Mich. – (Sept. 5, 2017) – Meritor, Inc. (NYSE: MTOR) today announced that it has acquired the product portfolio and related technologies of Fabco Holdings, Inc. (“Fabco”) and its subsidiaries. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.…

via Meritor Announces Acquisition of Product Portfolio and Technologies of Fabco Holdings, Inc. — Press Releases: allnewsitems

Donfeng partnered with Knorr-Bremse to develop AMT’s for its trucks

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Dongfeng Motor Group Corporation Ltd., one of the world’s biggest truck manufacturers, is partnering with Knorr-Bremse to develop the automated manual transmission for its new generation of heavy-duty trucks.

This decision will see the two companies prepare the way for automated manual transmissions to continue their triumphant advance in China, the world’s biggest commercial vehicle market. “In Europe, automated manual transmissions have become widely established. They boost active safety by easing the load on the driver, cut fuel consumption by applying an optimized gear shift strategy and reduce clutch wear,” says Dr. Peter Laier, Member of the Executive Board of Knorr-Bremse responsible for the Commercial Vehicle Systems division. “In our joint venture with Dongfeng Motor Group we are optimizing our transmission management system to meet the specific requirements of the Chinese market. This puts us in an excellent position to help automated manual transmissions finally achieve a breakthrough in China.”

The transmission management system developed by Knorr-Bremse consists of an electropneumatic gear control unit and clutch actuator, a wide variety of sensors that gather the necessary status data, and an electronic control unit that contributes the gear shift strategy. The complete system is to be produced at the joint venture’s own facility in Shiyan, China. “A vast amount of know-how and expertise goes into developing the transmission management system for a certain type of vehicle,” explains Thorsten Seehars, Member of the Management Board of Knorr-Bremse Commercial Vehicle Systems responsible for the Powertrain unit.

Bao Ping Xu, Managing Director of Knorr-Bremse Commercial Vehicles Systems Shanghai and Member of the Board of Directors of Knorr-Bremse Asia-Pacific Holding, adds: “Integrating the system into the vehicle-specific environment and adapting it to the respective transmission requires a high degree of coordination within the international development team.” Along with developing the individual mechatronic modules, another key part of the project is creating the software. The aim here is to always use the ideal gear to keep the engine running in its most efficient operating range for as long as possible and to shift between gears as fast as possible. The shorter the gear shift time, the shorter the interruption of the tractive force and the resulting loss of momentum. Taken together, these two factors make for extremely economical vehicle operation.

Knorr-Bremse DETC Commercial Vehicle Braking Technology, the joint venture between Knorr-Bremse and Dongfeng Motor Group, was founded in 2015. Initially it focused on manufacturing mechanical components such as brake valves and ABS systems, but the range of products it manufactures in China is steadily being expanded to include components for air management and brake control, as well as transmission systems.

At the end of fiscal 2016, the Dongfeng Group had 149,092 employees. In the same year it produced more than three million vehicles, including 369,100 commercial vehicles.

Dongfeng Electronic & Technology Co., Ltd. (DETC) is a subsidiary of Dongfeng Motor Group Co., Ltd. (DFG) and is listed on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. DETC owns subsidiaries with sites in Shanghai, Hubei and Guangdong. DFG holds 55 percent of the shares in Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle (DFCV), a joint venture with Volvo that is one of China’s leading manufacturers of medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles.

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Tata Motors announces new brand identity “Connecting Aspirations”

After the company embarked on a transformation journey during last year, a comprehensive project on ‘Corporate Branding’ was launched with the support of an external agency. The team undertook a thorough analysis of the existing and the desired future state of the company, gathered a lot of market intelligence and captured the much-required organizational voice, to establish a common theme underlying within the company’s existence.

A detailed review of the recommendations put up to the Tata Motors Executive Committee led to the conclusion and the careful selection of the Brand promise – ‘Connecting Aspirations’.

‘Connecting Aspirations’ represents the personality of the brand as an interconnected system of mobility solutions that are intelligent, perceptive, warm and expressive. It’s a symbolic tagline that is the past, present and future, it’s humble and bold, it’s a statement and challenge.

Easy to communicate and creating a strong resonance with every stakeholder, it is an apt expression to the Tata Motors brand. It is much larger and wider in terms of intent and interpretation – directed towards building the nation, developing smart cities, supporting and implementing government initiatives and delivering new technologies. With passion and expressive intelligence as a design principle, it is in sync with the company’s brand proposition of providing exciting and unique forms of self-expression, where every element of the vehicle represents a unique aspect of consumer’s individuality.

Today, the modern age consumers seek specific forms of self-expression through technology, experiences and the ecosystems they inhabit. It is our endeavor now to translate the form and intent of the new Brand promise into implementation – visible and emotional.

Driven by passion and imagination, Tata Motors has introduced enriching offerings in line with customer aspirations and continues to stand strong as a symbol of innovation and disruption for its customers. The acquisition of every Tata Motors vehicle, regardless of segment, marks an important milestone in the realization of a bigger, much-coveted aspiration or dream.

From manufacturing products to presenting experiences and solutions, Tata Motors has always been an enabling force in the Indian automotive industry. Representing the company’s commitment to take personalization to the next level, ‘Connecting Aspirations’ defines Tata Motors as a brand that intuitively understands people and imagines mobility in all its forms.

About Tata Motors

Tata Motors Limited, a USD 42 billion organisation, is a leading global automobile manufacturer of cars, utility vehicles, buses, trucks and defence vehicles. As India’s largest automobile company and part of the USD 100 billion Tata group, Tata Motors has operations in the UK, South Korea, Thailand, South Africa, and Indonesia through a strong global network of 76 subsidiary and associate companies, including Jaguar Land Rover in the UK and Tata Daewoo in South Korea. In India, Tata Motors has an industrial joint venture with Fiat. Engaged in engineering and automotive solutions, with a focus on future-readiness and a pipeline of tech-enabled products, Tata Motors is India’s market leader in commercial vehicles and among the top in passenger vehicles with 9 million vehicles on Indian roads. The company’s innovation efforts are focused on developing auto technologies that are sustainable as well as suited. With design and R&D centres located in India, the UK, Italy and Korea, Tata Motors strives to pioneer new products that fire the imagination of GenNext customers. Abroad, Tata cars, buses, and trucks are being marketed in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia, South America, Australia, CIS, and Russia.

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BorgWarner introduces 4 new EGR coolers for commercial vehicle applications

  • Four new designs cover a wide range of engine sizes
  • Enhance coolant distribution and provide high robustness against thermal fatigue
  • Help commercial vehicles with natural gas engines meet emissions regulations

Auburn Hills, Michigan, August 1, 2017 – To support commercial vehicle manufacturers in meeting current and future emissions regulations, BorgWarner has developed an economical new series of multi-platform exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) coolers featuring a compact floating core. Unlike conventional solutions which must be specifically designed for each application, the company’s modular cooler family includes four highly adaptable standard designs for maximum flexibility covering a wide range of engine sizes from 2.0- to 16.0-liter displacement. The new EGR solution offers high robustness against thermal fatigue and enhanced coolant distribution for durable performance even with minimum coolant flow, while reducing NOX emissions.

“With lower production volumes and high durability requirements, the commercial vehicle segment needs an EGR solution that provides outstanding performance and reduces complexity at the same time,” said Joe Fadool, President and General Manager, BorgWarner Emissions & Thermal Systems. “Offering high flexibility and durability, our newly developed EGR coolers have already piqued the interest of several manufacturers that see the potential for a cost-effective solution to help meet increasingly stringent emissions regulations.”

Featuring hybrid tube heat transfer technology and a floating inner core, BorgWarner’s EGR coolers are designed to resist high levels of thermal load. In addition, the system provides enhanced coolant distribution, which enables durable performance even with minimum coolant flow. BorgWarner integrated a thermomechanical damper into the design to facilitate complete decoupling of the shell and inner core components to absorb longitudinal and angular differences for improved durability. The damper also provides some initial extra cooling for the inlet gas to reduce thermal shock and allows better gas distribution to the tubes to resist thermal fatigue. In addition, cooling the damper and inlet gas box reduces the overall temperatures achieved, which in turn significantly lowers thermal stress. When the system is operated at an exhaust gas temperature of 1,562°F (850°C), the inlet gas box temperature is kept below 392°F (200°C), compared to more than 1,292°F (700°C) without cooling. The advanced design also minimizes the effect of the engine transients over the EGR cooler’s durability. The four new coolers allow the standardization of most of the components from one application to another, with the exception of the housing and the mounting fixtures, resulting in maximum adaptability for robust, tailor-made solutions and high cost-efficiency.

Via: BorgWarner Press Release

WABCO wins ReMaTec’s Remanufacturer of the year 2017 award

BRUSSELS, Belgium – WABCO Holdings Inc. (NYSE: WBC), a leading global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, was recently recognized by ReMaTec, known as the world’s leading platform for remanufacturing, with the coveted Remanufacturer of the Year 2017 award. ReMaTec bestowed the annual award on WABCO’s dedicated global remanufacturing business, WABCO Reman Solutions. Established in 2005, the Remanufacturer of the Year award represents the most prestigious in the global remanufacturing industry.

WABCO Reman Solutions, founded in 2010, advances operational efficiency and environmental sustainability in the automotive, commercial vehicle, and related industries by restoring worn or non-functional components to a “like-new” or a “better-than-new” condition, offering solutions that are fully warranted in performance and quality.

ReMaTec’s Remanufacturer of the Year award celebrates companies and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the remanufacturing industry for extended periods of time. ReMaTec’s international jury of industry experts judged all award nominations based on a set of key success factors, including technical excellence, commitment to quality, impact on the remanufacturing industry, and customer service. For the first time, ReMaTec jointly recognized two individuals with the 2017 Remanufacturer of the Year award: Dr. Salvador Munoz Zarate, Product Line Leader at WABCO Reman Solutions, and Peter Bartel, Engineering Director at Circular Economy Solutions.

“We bestow the Remanufacturer of the Year 2017 award on WABCO’s Dr. Salvador Munoz Zarate and Peter Bartel at Circular Economy Solutions for their tireless work in representing the European automotive remanufacturing industry in advising the United Nations and European Commission on industry-critical issues,” said Adam Hill, Editor of ReMaTec News and Chairman of the Remanufacturer of the Year 2017 award jury. “They were the driving force behind the industry’s breakthrough declaration of common definitions and jointly have made a massive contribution to the greater understanding of the global remanufacturing sector, including by key decision-makers in government and public policy.”

“It’s a tremendous honor for WABCO Reman Solutions to receive ReMaTec’s Remanufacturer of the Year 2017 award, reflecting our leadership in the global remanufacturing industry,” said Dr. Salvador Munoz Zarate, Product Line Leader, WABCO Reman Solutions. “Remanufacturing, through its adherence to world-class quality standards, has now fully emerged as a credible, cost-efficient alternative to new replacement parts in the automotive and commercial vehicle industries. In addition, remanufacturing helps protect the environment by promoting sustainable business practices and solutions.”

Added Munoz Zarate: “Over the past few years alone, WABCO Reman Solutions has remanufactured more than 120,000 air compressors for customers in the United States with zero quality issues.“

“Remanufacturing is an integral part of our differentiating aftermarket strategy to better serve commercial vehicle manufacturers and fleet operators around the globe,” said Nick Rens, WABCO President, Trailer Systems, Aftermarket and Off-Highway Division. “WABCO Reman Solutions provides cost-efficient and environmentally-friendly parts and components which meet top quality standards. We have dynamically grown our remanufacturing business over the years and continue to expand this compelling service offering in markets worldwide.”

WABCO Reman Solutions restores used components to cost-efficient “like-new” or “better-than-new” replacement parts for trucks, buses, trailers, passenger cars, and off-highway vehicles. Its broad portfolio of remanufactured parts includes mechanical, mechatronic, electronic and hydraulic products. Today, WABCO Reman Solutions maintains a global remanufacturing footprint with five production facilities in the U.S., Mexico, Brazil, Poland, and China serving customers worldwide.

Remanufacturing is a vital contributor to the circular economy, which promotes sustainability by focusing on keeping products in use for as long as possible, extracting the maximum value from them and then fully restoring them at the end of each service life. According to the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA), remanufactured parts can save up to 85% in raw materials and use only 55% of the energy typically required to produce new ones.

About WABCO

WABCO (NYSE: WBC) is a leading global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles. Founded nearly 150 years ago, WABCO continues to pioneer breakthrough innovations for advanced driver assistance, braking, stability control, suspension, transmission automation and aerodynamics. Partnering with the transportation industry as it maps a route towards autonomous driving, WABCO also uniquely connects trucks, trailers, cargo, drivers, business partners and fleet operators through advanced fleet management systems and mobile solutions. WABCO reported sales of $2.8 billion in 2016. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, WABCO has 13,000 employees in 40 countries. For more information, visit www.wabco-auto.com. For more information on the WABCO Reman Solutions, visit www.am.wabco-auto.com.

Via: Wabco Press Release