BorgWarner introduces Dual Volute Turbocharger for gasoline engines

BorgWarner introduces Dual Volute Turbocharger for gasoline engines

BorgWarner has developed a dual volute turbocharger specifically engineered for gasoline engines in light-duty vehicles with aggressive transient response targets. The company’s new turbocharger delivers a noticeably quicker engine response time when accelerating from low speeds.

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The dual volute geometry allows for the complete segregation of engine exhaust pulsations so more exhaust energy is available to the turbine wheel, compared with traditional twin-scroll turbochargers. Adding to BorgWarner's extensive portfolio of engine boosting products, the dual volute turbocharger is a new performance solution for gasoline-powered light-duty vehicles to help Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) accomplish their individual goals.

"BorgWarner's unrivaled history and expertise in creating advanced engine boosting technologies enable us to take a system approach in technology development as well as support our customers in choosing the right turbocharging solution," said Robin Kendrick, President and General Manager, BorgWarner Turbo Systems. "Our engineering team recognised that a dual volute turbocharger could provide quicker engine response times for light-duty vehicles that require superior transient behavior. We are excited to bring this new solution to the market."

A turbocharger, made of a turbine and compressor, works by harnessing normally-wasted energy in the high-temperature, high-pressure exhaust flow from the engine, and then converts that energy into compressed or "boosted" air to feed the engine. The dual volute turbine stage directs exhaust flow through two separate volutes (circumferential passages) of the turbine housing, each of which feed exhaust pulsations directly into one half of the turbine wheel.

Traditional twin-scroll turbochargers maintain separation of the exhaust flow to the turbine wheel by adding a divider wall to the turbine housing, creating a "side-by-side" arrangement of the exhaust flow passages. However, these designs require the exhaust flow from the two passages to enter a smaller common flow channel just before entering the turbine wheel. The common channel allows some leakage of the exhaust flow and pulsation energy between the two sides, which results as a loss of energy available to the turbine wheel.

Yanfeng’s Queretaro plant to supply instrument panels for Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Yanfeng’s Queretaro plant to supply instrument panels for Mercedes-Benz A-Class

According to reports, Yanfeng’s Queretaro plant in Aguascalientes, Central Mexico is now in place to support the Mercedes Benz MFA2 V177 production programme.

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Following a $36 million investment by the Chinese automotive supplier, everything is now ready for Mercedes to begin manufacturing its A Class sedans in the new facility in the coming weeks.

The project reportedly involved the initial monthly production of close to 4,000 instrument panels, which is expected to double by 2019.

Moreover, Yanfeng intends to start work on yet another Mercedes Benz program, X247, by 2019. For this project, the company is expected to supply similar components for a compact utility vehicle.

Mercedes is not the only German carmaker that Yangfeng is aiming to work with. The automotive supplier announced that intends to participate in the G20 program of the BMW 3 Series sedan, for which it will manufacture the four-door panels at the new San Luis Potosi plant.

FAW and Linglong Tyres get into a technical cooperation agreement

FAW and Linglong Tyres get into a technical cooperation agreement

FAW Group Co., Ltd. and Shandong Linglong Tyre Co., Ltd. signed a product technical cooperation framework agreement in Zhaoyuan, Shandong Province on September 1, 2018.

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In the future, the two parties would conduct deeper cooperation in product design and development, quality assurance, cost optimisation, manufacturing and social responsibility. The related leaders of both parties attended the signing ceremony.

The cooperation between the two sides has lasted for more than 20 years. During this period, Linglong has provided OE fitment service to many popular models of FAW successfully. The signing of this contract is another major breakthrough in close cooperation between the two sides.

In accordance with the contract, the two parties would conduct deeper and long-term cooperation in product design and development, quality assurance, cost optimisation, manufacturing and social responsibility.

In the future, FAW and Linglong Tyre will take this product technical cooperation as an opportunity to jointly develop tyres suitable for new models. In order to achieve a win-win situation in technology, resource sharing and talent cultivation, the two sides will work hand in hand on the road of revitalising the Chinese brands.

Grupo Antolin opens new facility in Shenyang, China

Grupo Antolin opens new facility in Shenyang, China

Grupo Antolin, one of the largest manufacturers of vehicle interiors in the world, celebrated the opening of its new factory in Shenyang (China). The company is consolidating its presence in the world’s largest car market in order to offer the best service to its customers.

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Ernesto Antolin, Chairman of Grupo Antolin, and Jorge Juárez, Regional Director Asia-Pacific, attended the ribbon cutting ceremony on the factory. They were accompanied by authorities from Tiexi government and representatives from BMW as well as employees from the Shenyang plant.

"Grupo Antolin is focused on growing and investing in China, which is a key market for our strategy. The company has been rewarded in this country with significant contracts by the biggest carmakers thanks for its commitment to the quality and excellence. One of the secrets to our growth is that we have been very close to our customers to respond to their needs", said Ernesto Antolin.

The Shenyang factory will produce about 4,000 headliners everyday, mainly for BMW, and will employ about 200 people. The plant is equipped with the latest technology so that it can offer the highest quality standards to its customer.

Grupo Antolin is strengthening its industrial presence in China as part of its plan to invest €900 million ($104.4 million) between 2017 and 2019. In the first quarter of 2018, Grupo Antolin reached an agreement with Donghuan to establish a joint venture in order to expand its window regulators business in the Chinese market. Grupo Antolin also started production at a new factory located in Chengdu, which supplies door panels to Geely-Volvo.

The company established a representative office in Shanghai in 2003 and, two years later, opened the first plant in the country to produce headliners for Ford and SVW. Today, Grupo Antolin has 13 production plants and 13 Just in Time centres in China with more than 4,000 employees.

Webasto Roof Systems to expand its plant in Lexington

Webasto Roof Systems to expand its plant in Lexington

Webasto Roof Systems, a subsidiary of Germany based Webasto Group, announced that it will be adding new production lines at its facility in Lexington, Kentucky.

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The expansion is funded by an investment of $15.2 million by the German supplier. The company expects to create 183 new jobs with the expansion.

The new production line will manufacture high-tech, electronically tintable all-glass panorama roof systems, which include optional tilt-slide sunroofs, for luxury vehicle marques.

By the end of the year, Webasto will launch three completely new sunroofs which will cater to the needs of two different customers. Going into the next year, the production volumes of these new products is slated to increase.

Having started 20 years ago, the Lexington facility has around 572 employees. The facility also boasts of a dedicated space for employee training. The company develops and produces sunroofs, panorama roofs and convertible roofs as well as thermo systems for all drive types.

Nidec acquires German gearbox manufacturer MS-Graessner

Nidec acquires German gearbox manufacturer MS-Graessner

Nidec Corporation announced that the company has acquired 100% ownership of MS-Graessner GmbH & Co. KG and its group companies , a privately owned German company group from its owners on August 31, 2018 through Nidec-Shimpo GmbH which is the Germany-based affiliate of Nidec’s subsidiary, Nidec-Shimpo Corporation.

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The Company has been actively engaged in manufacture, sales and after-sales services associated with gearboxes through its subsidiary, Nidec-Shimpo.

Nidec-Shimpo's main line of gearboxes are precision planetary reducers with a particular strength in the linear type reducers whose input and output shafts are aligned. These lines of products produced by Nidec-Shimpo are currently sold in Asia, mainly in Japan and China and the Americas.

Graessner exhibits a very strong capability in right-angle precision gearboxes whose input and output shafts are arranged at an angle of 90 degrees, particularly in hypoid reducers. Graessner's current main market for these products is Europe, mainly Germany.

As a result of the transaction, Nidec-Shimpo will now be capable of offering more comprehensive precision gearbox solutions, both linear and angular types, and leveraging Graessner's sales network to expand its sales in Europe which offers a large market for planetary gearboxes. In addition, Nidec-Shimpo plans to manufacture its newly developed strain wave gearboxes for robotic application in Graessner's German factory and offer its products along with after-sales services to Graessner's customers serving the robot industry.

Likewise, Graessner can sell its products through Nidec-Shimpo's sales and after-sales service network in Asia and the Americas. Also, Graessner's cost performance will be improved by leveraging Nidec-Shimpo's manufacturing capabilities in Asia. The company expects the transaction will offer mutually beneficial opportunities to capture the rapidly growing robotic demand.

Nidec-Shimpo and Graessner have strong brands, high technological capabilities and solid customer bases. The company believes that its financial strength and global presence will bolster these advantages, which will help the company achieve the future growth.

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