Deutz has series production of new heavy duty cylinder heads in compacted graphite iron (CGI). The cylinder head for Deutz is for a high performance 7.8-litre engine developed for agricultural applications.
Produced at the Halberg foundry in Leipzig Germany, Deutz specified CGI for the cylinder head to meet three of the main requirements of agricultural machinery: high torque, durability, and a compact engine package to minimise turning circle.
This engine establishes a new benchmark for CGI in the agriculture sector and it is an honour for our technology to be embraced by Deutz, the world's first engine company, founded in 1864 by Nicolaus Otto, the inventor of the internal combustion engine.
Meanwhile, in South Korea, Hyundai has introduced a new cylinder head in CGI. This is upgrade of a current 12.7-litre engine.
The cylinder head was converted from grey iron to CGI to ensure durability in parallel with power and torque increases. The 12.7-litre head is Hyundai's sixth SinterCast-CGI component, extending Hyundai's CGI leadership in Asia.
And, as reported earlier, following negotiations during the fourth quarter, Dongfeng Trucks, China's largest heavy duty truckmaker, has signed an agreement for the installation of SinterCast’s Mini-System 3000, planned to be shipped during the first quarter of 2015.
The installation will enable Dongfeng to independently develop high quality CGI cylinder blocks and heads. The Dongfeng order marks SinterCast's ninth installation in China, following installations at Zhongding Power and Impro Industries during 2014, broadening SinterCast's presence and brand awareness, and providing additional opportunities to increase SinterCast-CGI production in the commercial vehicle sector.
Series production of CGI engine components in the fourth quarter amounted to 1.85 million Engine Equivalents, providing a new quarterly record and a 16 per cent year-on-year increase.
Overall, every quarter during 2014 either provided or maintained record levels of series production. The strong growth in production resulted in a 12 per cent increase in sampling cup shipments and led toward record revenue of SEK 54.5 million.
Beyond the record production and record revenue, the operating result finished 40 per cent higher than 2013. The outlook remains positive in each of the passenger vehicle, commercial vehicle and industrial power sectors, as competitive benchmarks and market awareness continue to grow. It is estimated that the current series production programmes have the potential to provide approximately 2.5 million Engine Equivalents at mature volume.
The good thing is it seems like the revenues are increasing as the Q4 was up 66% in revenues.
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