Metaldyne Wins Contract with Tier One Supplier for Exhaust Components – Brief Article
Metaldyne said that is has begun supplying exhaust components to Visteon Corp. for late Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable vehicles. The contract calls for Metaldyne to supply the Y pipes, outlet pipes and inlet pipes for the exhaust system.
The components will be manufactured at Metaldyne’s Tubular Products facility in Hamburg, Mich.
Metaldyne also said that it has been awarded a contract to supply fully machined powder metal forged connecting rods for GM’s new 3500 V-6 engine program. The contract calls for Metaldyne to supply connecting rods for GM’s new high volume 3.5-liter engine program that will be used across many of GM’s mid-size passenger cars and minivans.
Production will begin in 2003.
This is the first time an original equipment manufacturer has outsourced a fully machined connecting rod to a forging supplier for a high volume engine program, Metaldyne said. In the past, Metaldyne supplied the connecting rods and the OEM performed the machining and assembly operations.
The value added represents a 230 percent increase in value-added content compared to shipping a connecting rod without the machining and assembly operations, the company said. The connecting rods will be forged and machined at Metaldyne’s Sintered Components facility in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico, it added. As a result of the new business, Metaldyne said it added 30,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing floor space at its Ramos Arizpe operation, which opened in 2000.
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