The engine cylinder blocks will be used in diesel engines made by heavy truck maker Volvo in the US, such the Volvo FH and various other models under the Mack Trucks marque. Volvo Trucks North America is based in Greensboro, North Carolina. The company's 1.6 million square foot New River Valley assembly plant in Dublin, Virginia is the largest Volvo truck manufacturing plant in the world providing all Volvo trucks sold in North America, including the VNM, VNL, VNX, VHD, VAH. Volvo has three principal truck diesel engines: D16, D13 and D11. (See also: Teksid set for high volume output of CGI? - 6 November 2015.)
It is understood Teksid and Volvo Trucks signed their contract in April 2015 and for the next five years the foundry group will provide some 4,000 engine blocks per month for Volvo's plants in Brazil and the US The contract was announced in a terse statement. With Teksid lining up from its Brazilian foundry to be in a position to produce diesel engine cylinder block and head castings in compacted graphite iron (CGI), could Volvo be a potential customer for I6 blocks. There are rumours that, as of yet, the Teksid foundry in Brazil does not have any CGI contracts - but of course this may change; and Teksid executives no doubt are working hard to make sure the position does change.
"The supply contract provides for the delivery of more than 240,000 MD 13 blocks by 2020. We are proud that we closed another contract with Volvo, a company with which we are already partners for over 30 years," said commercial director of Teksid’s NAFTA and Mercosur operations, Raniero Cucchiari.
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