Lightweight pistons for leading international carmaker

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With a lifetime volume totalling more than €200m, Shanghai-based Kolbenschmidt Huayu Piston (KSHP) has received an order from one of the world's largest car producers. The order is for modern lightweight pistons for gasoline engines with ring carrier and coolant gallery technology.

The components will go into production at KSHP in Shanghai in 2022. The order runs until 2028. Made for a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine, in the future these pistons will be used in all of the customer’s new four-cylinder series in China. The customer will mount them locally at three of its engine plants according to the ‘local for local’ principle, thus benefitting from the efficiency of a relatively short supply chain.

Another important criterion for the award was KS Kolbenschmidt’s extensive global network of locations and the Chinese subsidiary’s close cooperation with Rheinmetall Automotive headquarters in Neckarsulm. On site in Shanghai, KSHP also has a local tech centre staffed by more than thirty highly qualified engineers. The centre offers direct service to automotive manufacturers and covers all customer requirements, making the company a valued development partner for both local and international OEMs.

The pistons form part of KS Kolbenschmidt’s Liteks programme. These are particularly low-weight, low-friction components. They meet strict requirements for reduced fuel consumption and emissions, enabling them among other things to meet the latest exhaust emission standards in China.

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