Automotive Purchasing Weekly 16 November 2015 - page 16

FCAselectsKumhoTyres for new
16 November 2015 | Tier Suppliers
For many years a supplier of tyres for the
Jeep Grand Cherokee, and more recently
the Fiat Freemont, Kumho has now had its
products selected for fitment to another
member of the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
(FCA) range – the new Jeep Renegade.
As a result, Kumho Crugen Premium
KL33 tyres are being delivered in sizes
215/60R17 100V XL and 225/55R18 98H to
FCA’s plant at Melfi in the Potenza province
of Italy, where the new Renegade is being
Specially developed for the particular
needs of the ever-expanding SUV sector,
the Kumho Crugen Premium KL33 provides
an impressive degree of comfort at speed,
coupled with good handling characteristics
and low levels of noise. Balanced traction
characteristics are guaranteed in both wet
and dry conditions.
Commenting on this latest OE contract
for the Korean tyre manufacturer, Frank
Gilsdorf, the engineer responsible for the
contract at the Frankfurt-based Kumho
European Technical Centre said: “Working
in close co-operation with our client FCA,
we have adjusted the Crugen Premium
KL33 to the specific needs of the new Jeep
Renegade. This latest contract from FCA
underlines the good level of co-operation
that exists between our two companies and
the consistently high quality of our tyres.”
Meritor recognises 18companieswith
12 November 2015 | Tier Suppliers
Meritor has honoured 18 companies as recipients of its second annual North America
Supplier Partner Awards, during a ceremony at the company’s headquarters within the
The suppliers, which serveMeritor’s plants
in North America, achieved excellence in
quality, delivery, cost savings and innovation
in fiscal year 2015.
“We’re thanking our suppliers for helping
us meet customer demand during the upturn
in North America’s commercial vehicle
market,” said Jon Rose, Vice President,
Procurement, for Meritor. “Each of these
companies demonstrated a commitment
to excellence in 2015 that supported our
performance targets this year.”
The following companies received a 2015
North America Supplier Partner Award for
providing a variety of components, materials
and services to Meritor:
Active On-Demand
Alumalloy Metalcasting
Atkinson International
Duferco Steel
Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies
Ganton International
Griffin Industries
HOTA Industrial Manufacturing and SOLO
World Partners
Intercon Carriers
LC Manufacturing
Nanjing Spring
National Material
Vision Information Technologies
Westport Axle
Zhumadian CIMC Huajun Casting.
During the event, plant managers
and other leaders from facilities across
North America honoured and validated
recipients’ work in customised, 30-second
videos that were played during each award
first polyamidestrutmount for
passenger car chassis
11 November 2015 | Tier Suppliers
ContiTech Vibration Control – the strut mount specialist based in Hanover in Germany – has
developed a strut mount in which fiberglass-reinforced BASF Ultramid polyamide is also
used as the primary structural component.
It is the first strut mount made of this
material, which is used both at the front
and rear axle in the chassis environment
of passenger cars. The strut mount offers
significant advantages over traditional
variants made from steel or aluminum: a
weight reduction of around 25% and a
longer service life. At the same time, a
highly insulating rubber element enhances
ride comfort. In collaboration with General
Motors, ContiTech developed the strut
mount for the new Cadillac CT6, which is set
to be launched on the market at the end of
“High-performance plastics are the
material of the future in the automotive
industry,” said Kai Frühauf, who heads
ContiTech Vibration Control. “Thanks to our
many years of experience and extensive
materials expertise, we are among the top
partners when it comes to innovative new
developments with this material. This strut
mount designed for passenger car bodies
represents another step forward.”
Enhanced safety, even under extreme
In passenger cars, the spring strut mount
is the interface between the spring strut and
body. It enables precise and low-friction
rotational movement of the spring strut in
the front of the vehicle, thereby ensuring
optimum contact of the tyre to the road. The
vehicle is easier to steer.
As a chassis component, it is subjected to
extreme stress. Spray water, road salt, sand,
gravel, and vibrations can cause the spring
strut to wear. If it is no longer fully functional,
the shock absorbers – among other things
– are more highly stressed. Vibrations and
noise from the axles are more pronounced,
resulting in reduced ride comfort.
The new two-section, three-path bearing
from ContiTech comprises both fibreglass-
reinforced polyamide and aluminum
components. This brand-new design can
even withstand shock loading as high as
75 kN, equivalent to driving a car along a
badly potholed road. The strut mount also
ensures that only minimal countertorque
acts on the shock absorber. This component
too is subjected to less stress which, in turn,
enhances safety in the vehicle.
The new strut mount from ContiTech also
enhances ride comfort. This highly durable,
extremely comfortable, and innovative strut
mount was developed in close cooperation
with the customer.
“Key to success was the early integration
of our customer in the development
process, which meant that we were involved
in system design right from the outset and
could contribute our specialist experience,”
reported Stefan Wöhler, a developer at
ContiTech Vibration Control.
ContiTech Vibration Control has been
developing light weight products, usingBASF
Ultramid material, for the automotive industry
since 2006. Product solutions include
heavy-duty engine mounts, with the annual
production volume in 2013 exceeding three
million. In 2009 ContiTech Vibration Control
also launched a lightweight transmission
crossmember from the lightweight material
to support the forces and torques of the
engine transmission unit. The weight is 50%
less compared to an aluminum component.
In 2014, ContiTech presented the first rear
axle transmission crossmember made from
this high-performance polyamide. ContiTech
has already delivered millions of torque rod
supports and torque reaction mounts made
from polyamide.
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