Ford Motor Company has awarded Tupy Fundições of Brazil, an iron foundry, and the high-tech Swedish company SinterCast, the production contract for the compacted graphite iron (CGI) cylinder block of its new V6 diesel engine. The 2.7 litre V6 engine will be the first ever volume engine produced with a compacted graphite iron cylinder block.
The use of compacted graphite iron has allowed Ford to achieve aggressive targets for engine performance, size, weight and cost that could not simultaneously be met by traditional engine materials, such as aluminium or alloyed grey cast iron. The engine satisfies Euro IV (2005) emissions requirements and, assisted by the stronger CGI engine material, has the potential to be equally compliant with Euro V (2008) legislation.
Scheduled for production start during 2003, the new V6 engine will become the range-topping powerplant in the combined Ford-PSA (Peugeot-Citroën Group) global diesel engine strategy. With target applications including Jaguar, PSA, Land Rover and Ford vehicles, high volumes will be achieved during the first full production year, 2004.
Mr. Mário Egerland, President and C.E.O. of Tupy said, “The Ford decision is of great significance for Tupy. It confirms our belief in compacted graphite iron as a key engine construction material for the future and acknowledges and rewards our strategy to become the CGI foundry for the worldwide automotive industry. With this production programme leading the way, we anticipate considerable growth both within the Ford-PSA alliance and with other car and truck manufacturers in Europe, America and Asia. Tupy Fundições is committed to leading this trend toward CGI”.
Mr. Bertil Hagman, President & CEO of SinterCast said, “Following years of technical achievements, and successful low-volume production, this first volume production order signals the beginning of a new era for SinterCast, compacted graphite iron, and the world foundry and automotive industries. The selection of SinterCast CGI confirms the industry confidence in our process control technology for the reliable volume production of high quality CGI, and rewards our long standing role as the CGI technology development partner to the industry. This important decision from Ford verifies that the entire CGI manufacturing process, including machining, satisfies mass production requirements and economics”.
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