UFI Filters president says new Brazil plant will serve local GM diesel engine production

UFI Filters president says new Brazil plant will serve local GM diesel engine production

The Italian multinational UFI Filters Group is to open its first factory in Jundiai, State of São Paulo, Brazil.

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UFI has 14 plants across Italy, Czech Republic, Tunisia, China, India and South Korea, employing a total of 4000 resources.

Giorgio Girondi, President of the Group (pictured), declared that: "We have decided to open a plant in Brazil to be as close as possible to the car manufacturers and offer them a just-in-time supply. The factory in Jundiai will produce oil filters for diesel engines manufactured by General Motors Brasil at first. Our plans envision the opening of a Technology Research Centre and the establishment of a network of additional plants to serve the Mercosur area, the South American trade block."

UFI Filters is headquartered in Nogarole Rocca, (Verona) Italy. In 2017, the company recorded €435 million ($535 million), (+ 5% YOY) and produced more than 70 million filters for the automotive (including Formula 1), agricultural, marine, industrial and mechanical engineering sectors. UFI Filter is the leader in the OEM market and has a significant market share in the aftermarket segment thanks to its presence in the supply chain of the most important distributors across more than 70 countries, with more than 3000 catalogue items.

ArcelorMittal adds hot strip mill of 2.5 million tons capacity to Mexico site

ArcelorMittal adds hot strip mill of 2.5 million tons capacity to Mexico site

Mexican steel producer ArcelorMittal México S.A. de C.V has placed an order with Primetals Technologies to supply a hot strip mill and a hot skin pass mill for its production site in Ciudad Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán State, on the Mexican Pacific coast.

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This will enable ArcelorMittal Lázaro Cárdenas to process the slabs produced in its works on site. The hot strip mill will be erected on a turn-key basis, including power supply, mechanical equipment, drives and automation. Through-Process Optimisation will improve efficiency, stability and product quality across the production route.

The project will be executed in an open consortium with the Mexican construction companies LOMCCI S.A. de C.V and WP Constructora S.A. de C.V. Design capacity is 2.5 million metric tons of hot strip per year. The hot skin pass mill is designed to process 650,000 tons per year. The start-up of the hot strip mill and the hot skin pass mill is planned for 2020.

ArcelorMittal Lázaro Cárdenas is Mexico's largest steel producer and slab exporter. The company uses DRI as its primary metallic input for steelmaking. This results in higher quality slabs with a uniform grain structure. Liquid steel production capacity is 5.3 million metric tons per year, while slab production capacity currently amounts to 3.8 million metric tons per year. The new hot strip mill and hot skin pass mill from Primetals Technologies will provide ArcelorMittal Lázaro Cárdenas with the potential to process slabs on site.

The hot strip mill (HSM) consists of a roughing mill and a seven stand finishing mill. It will roll slabs with thicknesses of 220 or 250 millimetres. A slab reheating furnace, a crop shear, a strip cooling line including Primetals Technologies Power Cooling system, two downcoilers and the modular coil shuttle car system are also part of the turnkey mill.

All equipment will be engineered and supplied by Primetals Technologies, with supplies also including the water treatment plant, the high and medium voltage electric power supply down to the local subdistribution, the roll shop, a laboratory as well as the required bays and cranes. One indoor and two outdoor coil storages will also be integrated. The hot skin pass mill (HSPM) consists of a powerful mill stand, entry and exit reels, a flattener, a side trimmer and inspection equipment.

 

(picture courtesy Primetals Technologies/primetals.com)

BorgWarner's 2017 net income almost quadrupled year on year to $439.9 million

BorgWarner's 2017 net income almost quadrupled year on year to $439.9 million

BorgWarner's net income nearly quadrupled year-over-year (y/y) to $439.9 million in the financial year ended December 31, 2017, the US-based powertrain components supplier has said.

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The company had reported $118.5 million net income in the previous year. The company recorded strong growth in net income driven by 8% y/y increase in net sales to $9.8 billion. Net sales, excluding impact of foreign currencies and the net impact of merger and acquisition (M&A), were up 10.3% y/y.

The supplier has said that it expects its full-year 2018 net sales to be in the range of $10.52 billion to $10.69 billion.

Yokohama Rubber to expand passenger car tyre production capacity in India

Yokohama Rubber to expand passenger car tyre production capacity in India

The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., has announced that it will expand the production capacity of its passenger-car tyre manufacturing and sales subsidiary in India -Yokohama India Pvt. Ltd. (Yokohama India).

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The expansion will boost Yokohama India's annual production capacity from 700,000 to 1,530,000 tyres, an increase of 830,000. With growth in India's automobile market driving strong sales of tyres, the Company decided to expand local production capacity to avoid capacity shortfalls over the medium term. The total planned investment will come to 3.8 billion rupees ($59 million). Construction of the new facilities is expected to start in March this year, with production scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Yokohama Rubber established Yokohama India in April 2007 as a tyre sales subsidiary. The subsidiary began local production of passenger-car radial tyres in July 2014 after completion of its tyre plant at the Bahadurgarh Industrial Estate in the state of Haryana. The plant's new facility will manufacture original equipment tyres for local car makers as well as replacement tyres, including tyres for passenger cars and SUV tyres.

Outline of Yokohama India

  • Representative: Yoshiaki Mori
  • Head office: Gurugram, Haryana
  • Established: April 2007
  • Plant location: Haryana Bahadurgarh Industrial Estate
  • Plant site area: Approx. 100,000 square metres (about 25 acres)
  • Start-up date: July 2014
  • Products: Replacement tyres for passenger cars
  • Production capacity: Currently 700,000 tyres per year, 1,530,000 after expansion (new facilities expected to come on line in fourth quarter of 2019)
  • Employees: 474 (as of December 2017).
Freudenberg strengthens floor mat business by acquisition

Freudenberg strengthens floor mat business by acquisition

In Germany, the Japan Vilene Company, a Freudenberg Business Group, has signed an agreement to acquire Hanns Glass GmbH & Co. KG, Grafing, Germany.

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This company is a leading global automotive supplier of car floor mats, having a strong European presence with a portfolio complementary to VIAM, which is a core business of Japan Vilene Company. In 2016, the company generated about €31 million ($38 million) in sales and has some 260 employees. The transaction is conditional upon approval from the German Federal Cartel Office and is expected to be completed in the second quarter of this year.

"With the acquisition of the Hanns Glass Group, the VIAM Group will gain access to the European automotive market and, in the future, will be able to supply European carmakers from local production sites," said Freudenberg Group CEO, Dr. Mohsen Sohi.

The Hanns Glass Group is headquartered in Grafing, near Munich, and has production sites in Paderborn and Meuselwitz, Germany, and Cheb, Czech Republic. These sites will serve as the VIAM Group's European base.

Hankook fits the Audi RS 4 Avant with its UHP Ventus S1 evo² tyres ­

Hankook fits the Audi RS 4 Avant with its UHP Ventus S1 evo² tyres ­

In addition to the Audi TT RS and the RS 5 Coupé, premium tyre maker Hankook is now also providing original fitment tyres for the new Audi RS 4 Avant.

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Following the tradition of the first RS model, this has a powerful V-6 bi-turbo engine, which now has 600 Nm torque and weighs 80 kg less than its predecessor. Permanent all-wheel drive in combination with 19 or 20 inch tyres on all wheels guarantees the necessary traction and power required for accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.1 seconds. The first vehicles were delivered at the beginning of the year and and are hitting the road fitted with 265/35 R 19 98Y XL (standard) or 275/30 R 20 97Y XL (optional) tyres on all wheels, including Hankook Ventus S1 evo² with noise-absorbing "sound absorber" technology.

Audi Sport GmbH has not only been inspired by motorsport in terms of looks. Every RS model is required to be unrestricted for everyday use as well as for the race track. This applies to the tyres fitted too, which, in addition to the approval tests customary in the branch, also have to complete ten laps of the iconic "Nordschleife" of the Nürburgring at top speed. Hankook original fitment tyres for the Audi RS 4 Avant provide very sporty handling to match the vehicle. Furthermore, Hankook engineers at the company's German development centre have made sure that comfort and durability have not been neglected despite the focus on high grip and precise handling. Only tyres that master both everyday and sport applications are approved as original fitment tyres by Audi Sport.

During the approval process, Hankook's flagship tyre was able to demonstrate not only is sportiness, but its durability, comfort and safety too. Short braking distances and an above-average performance in the wet were achieved through the advanced styrene-polymer-silica mixture used for the tread. In addition, the multiple tread radius technology and lightweight rayon carcass always guarantee optimum tread contact for best possible contact with the road during operation. Moreover, the innovative DTM inspired 3-layer block design with its special staircase arrangement of the outer rib blocks thus ensures consistently high grip even as tyre wear progresses, thereby guaranteeing very good traction and braking performance throughout the entire lifetime of the tyre.

Interior noise comfort in particular is further enhanced by Hankook's own "sound absorber" technology. This Hankook technology is already being used in the original fitment tyres for the Audi SQ7 and RS 5 Coupé models. The reduction of the loud cavity noise typical of sporty, low aspect ratio tyres at higher speeds was a pivotal aspect and a focal point of the development work to provide a top performing yet pleasant driving experience. The Hankook engineers adapted the company's own silent tyre technology "sound absorber®" used on powerful, large SUVs to date to their passenger car flagship model, the Ventus S1 evo².

Yokohama Rubber starts new OE partnership with first fit tyres on new X3

Yokohama Rubber starts new OE partnership with first fit tyres on new X3

The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., has announced that it is now supplying its global flagship "ADVAN Sport V105" tires to Germany's BMW Group for use as original equipment on the automaker's new X3 model.

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The new BMW X3, which debuted in November 2017 in North America and will be released gradually in markets around the world, will come equipped with tires in one of two sizes—225/60R18 104W or 245/50R19 105W, the latter of which features Yokohama Rubber's run-flat technology. This marks the first time that Yokohama Rubber has supplied tires as original equipment for a BMW model.

The "ADVAN Sport V105" is a high-performance tire developed by Yokohama Rubber primarily for use on high-power premium automobiles. The tire delivers excellent driving performance combined with superior comfort and safety characteristics. The tires being supplied for the new BMW X3 were jointly developed with BMW and bear the German automaker's star marking of approval on the tire sidewall. In addition to being selected as original equipment for the BMW Group, the "ADVAN Sport V105" also comes factory-installed on topline high-performance models from other leading global automakers.

Yokohama Rubber also supplies its high-performance racing tires to BMW racing teams that to date have achieved great success on YOKOHAMA tires. Schnitzer Motorsport's BMW M3 captured the first World Touring Car Championship in 1987 and also won the European Touring Car Championship in 1988. BMWs running on YOKOHAMA tires have also won a combined total of five 24-Hours Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours races, two of the world's elite road endurance races. In Japan, a BMW 635CSi running on YOKOHAMA tires captured the first All-Japan Touring Car Championship Class 3 title in 1985. GSR&Studie with Team Ukyo captured the GT300 class series championship in the 2011 SUPER GT series. Studie AG has been a BMW support team since 2014 and has been a BMW works team since 2016. Yokohama Rubber provided support from 2008 to 2017.

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors opens new innovation centre in Germany

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors opens new innovation centre in Germany

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) has opened a new innovation centre at its Neuss location in Germany.

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The space will house approximately 40 employees working on different disciplines relating to the vehicle interior of the future in this more than 2,550 square metre location.

Forty of the total 600 YFAI employees in Neuss have moved. The objective of the new innovation centre, which is located close to the site of the European headquarters, is to bring together all of the different functions of the innovation team under one roof. These include consumer and market research, as well as industrial design, product and process innovation, and user experience. In addition to the traditional interiors business of door panels, floor consoles, and instrument panels, the company is also focused on the interior of the future, which is increasingly characterised by the use of new, innovative materials and technologies. These include, for example, functional, smart, or adaptive interior surfaces that enable a new style, user experience, and interior function.

"We aspire to actively design the mobility of tomorrow, which is characterised by such global mega-trends as autonomous driving, electromobility, and car-sharing, as well as new players and technologies, rather than simply responding to significant changes in the automotive industry," said Han Hendriks, Chief Technology Officer for YFAI. "With the new location we want to give our multi-disciplinary teams more space and also ensure improved cooperation."

The new building offers the company's creative teams room to stretch out and supports transparent and efficient working. It includes a new, spacious showroom for product innovations and the company's concept cars.

In total, the Yanfeng Automotive Interiors innovation team has approximately 150 employees working globally in four innovation centres. In addition to Neuss, they are also found in Shanghai
(China), Holland (Michigan, US), and Sunnyvale (California) which is located in Silicon Valley.

Eaton introduces new series of operator interfaces to support faster, more powerful OEM applications

Eaton introduces new series of operator interfaces to support faster, more powerful OEM applications

Power management company Eaton has announced three new series of operator interfaces for original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and machine building applications.

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The XV100 basic human machine interface (HMI) is designed to provide enhanced machine visualisation and control, the XV300 advanced HMI offers next generation performance and functions, and the XP500 industrial PC can operate as an industry leading supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) solution.

"The three new categories of operator interfaces represent the broadest set of HMI solutions ever offered by Eaton," said Adam Bainbridge, product manager, Automation, Eaton. "Through the new product families, customers of all sizes can now harness the power of extremely fast logic, high resolution screens and state-of-the-art, multi-touch interfaces to cost-effectively bring their manufacturing processes into the future."

The XV100 basic HMI can be used in landscape or portrait modes ensuring an adaptable fit while optimising visualisation. Designed with versatile communications hardware options, all XV100's have standard Ethernet and USB ports that require no custom programming.

The XV300 advanced HMI includes a powerful new industrial HMI and programmable logic controller (PLC) multi-touch panel solution portfolio for operator interface automation and control applications. This product was made for machine builders in mind looking for the most modern forward-looking user experience they can provide.

The XV300 series incorporates precise gesture based controls, multimedia integration and intuitive user guidance. The XV300 Advanced HMI also features a compact and sleek design, with heavy-duty, anti-glare toughened glass panels that integrate media elements such as video, PDF and web content. The XV300 Advanced HMI also offers gestures support for improved efficiency when navigating complex menu screens. For example, users can flick to scroll through parameter lists, swipe left or right to change pages, or swipe up and down to reveal hidden menus.

For the most demanding OEM applications, Eaton's XP500 series industrial panel PC offers the best of flexible configurability and robust design. With a scratch-resistant toughened glass screen, cast aluminum housing and fan-less design, the XP500 is a slim space saving panel that can operate in the harshest environments and hazardous applications. Additionally, the XP500 runs on Windows Embedded Standard 7 for compatibility with a wide variety of user software and Eaton's visualisation suite.

The unique combination of Eaton's three new interfaces makes it possible for OEMs and machine builders in packaging, materials handling and conveying, water treatment and food and beverage industries to leverage a reduced number of high performance I/O slices with features focused on applications to reduce installation space and costs.

In combination, these easy-to-use tools can help OEMs minimise design complexity, reduce development time and support costs, and create value for end users through object-oriented, re-usable templates and controls.

The products come bundled with a choice of three licensed software packages. Eaton's Visual Designer HMI/SCADA package offers a full-featured graphics platform to connect to traditional PLC products; Eaton's XSoft-CoDeSys software bundle offers a full-featured, powerful IEC-61131 PLC combined with an integrated graphical user interface for an all-in-one HMI-PLC; and Galileo 10 is an intuitive, powerful engineering environment that takes little time to master and meets basic requirements involved in todays on machine operation.

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