MAHLE delivers its millionth steel piston for passenger car diesel engines from its Rottweil plant
Stuttgart, October 27, 2015 – Less than a year after launching production, MAHLE has delivered its one millionth steel piston to automaker Renault. Renault’s 1.5- and 1.6-liter diesel engines are the first diesel units for passenger cars worldwide to come equipped with steel pistons.
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MAHLE’s MONOTHERM® pistons reduce friction in the engine while improving thermodynamics, effectively boosting fuel efficiency by some three percent. Prior to their introduction in series vehicles, MAHLE steel pistons were already being successfully deployed on the racetrack, such as in Le Mans. The steel pistons recently received Renault’s award for “Outstanding Innovation Performance in 2014”.
Fully automatic assembly lines installed for the new product at the Rottweil plant took up production in November 2014. Production is also slated to commence at a further location in Izmir in Turkey before the end of the year. Accordingly, well over two million steel pistons can roll off the lines in the coming year.
MAHLE is a leading international supplier to the automotive industry. With its products for combustion engines and their peripherals as well as solutions for electric vehicles, the group addresses all the crucial issues related to the powertrain and air conditioning technology—from engine systems and components to filtration to thermal management. MAHLE products are fitted in every second vehicle worldwide. MAHLE components and systems are also used off the road—in stationary applications, for mobile machinery, as well in railroad, marine, and aerospace applications.
In 2014, the group generated sales of EUR 9.94 billion with around 66,000 employees. Today, MAHLE is represented in over 30 countries with 170 production locations. At 16 major development locations in Germany, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Slovenia, the USA, Brazil, Japan, China, and India, more than 5,000 development engineers and technicians are working on innovative solutions.
Dr. René Lehnert
Corporate Communications/Public Relations
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