WHB Automotive orders extended trial of SinterCast process control technology
- SinterCast System 4000 to be installed at WHB foundry in Curitiba, Brazil
- Process development and market development for CGI cylinder blocks and heads
- Extended trial with purchase option during the first quarter of 2020
[Curitiba and Stockholm, 29 August 2019] – WHB Automotive S.A., a leading independent automotive components supplier in Brazil, has ordered an extended trial of the SinterCast process control technology for the production of Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI). Under the terms of the agreement, SinterCast will install a System 4000 process control system at the WHB iron foundry located in Curitiba, Brazil during the fourth quarter of 2019, for a 120 day trial. The trial will enable WHB to establish a robust CGI production process and to provide CGI cylinder block and head sample castings to the global passenger vehicle, commercial vehicle and industrial power industries. At the conclusion of the trial, WHB reserves the right to exercise a purchase option to acquire the System 4000 and to establish a series production licence for the high volume production of SinterCast-CGI. The trial is planned to conclude during the first quarter of 2020.
“The trial of the SinterCast CGI process control technology is another important step for WHB as a leading supplier of technology, solutions and engineered components to the automotive and industrial power industries” stated WHB Automotive’s Executive Board of Directors. “Our adoption of the SinterCast technology will provide instant credibility for our Compacted Graphite Iron production capability. We look forward to installing the System 4000 and to delivering state-of-the-art CGI cylinder blocks and heads before year-end, and to working together with our existing and potential OEM customers to develop and grow the global CGI market opportunity.”
“The order from WHB marks the first installation of the SinterCast System 4000 – our fourth generation process control technology – launched at the GIFA World Foundry Trade Fair in June 2019, and continues the strong installation momentum that we established in the first half of the year” said Dr. Steve Dawson, President & CEO of SinterCast. “We look forward to supporting the establishment of a robust CGI process at WHB and to supporting the CGI market development together with WHB to increase our ability to supply the growing demand for CGI cylinder block and head production.”
For more information:
Dr. Steve Dawson
President & CEO
SinterCast AB (publ)
Tel: +44 771 002 6342
WHB is a Brazilian company, headquartered in Curitiba, Brazil. From its manufacturing facilities in Brazil, the company produces components for Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive OEMs in the domestic and international markets, including steel forgings, cast iron and aluminium castings, and fully finished machined components. With 250,000 tonnes per year of iron casting capacity, including 150,000 tonnes of cylinder block and head capacity; 12,000 tonnes per year of aluminium casting capacity; 10,000 tonnes per year of steel forging capacity; and, more than 700 machining centres, WHB has been a mainstay in precision machined products of the Brazilian automotive market since its founding in 1993. With its state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, which are strategically located near seaports in Curitiba (south Brazil) and Recife (northeast Brazil), combined with innovative technologies and a highly skilled and motivated work force, WHB is poised for further growth in the international market.
SinterCast is the world’s leading supplier of process control technology for the reliable high volume production of Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI). With at least 75% higher tensile strength, 45% higher stiffness and approximately double the fatigue strength of conventional grey cast iron and aluminium, CGI allows engine designers to improve performance, fuel economy and durability while reducing engine size, weight, noise and emissions. The SinterCast technology is used for the production of petrol and diesel engine cylinder blocks and exhaust components for passenger vehicles, medium-duty and heavy-duty cylinder blocks and heads for commercial vehicles, and industrial power engine components for agriculture, marine, rail, off-road and stationary engine applications. SinterCast supports the series production of components ranging from 2.7 kg to 9 tonnes, all using the same proven process control technology. As a specialist supplier of precision measurement and process control solutions to the metals industry, SinterCast also supplies a suite of tracking technologies, including the SinterCast Ladle Tracker®, Cast Tracker™ and Operator Tracker™, to improve process control, productivity and traceability in a variety of applications. With 55 installations in 14 countries, SinterCast is a publicly traded company, quoted on the Small Cap segment of the Nasdaq Stockholm stock exchange (SINT). For more information: www.sintercast.com