Federal-Mogul Powertrain has opened a new joint venture manufacturing facility which will produce valve seats and guides in Anqing, China.

The new facility will allow the company to expand its production footprint in China to support domestic engine manufacturers with products that provide improved fuel efficiency.

Federal-Mogul Powertrain will hold the majority share in the new joint venture – Federal-Mogul (Anqing) Powder Metallurgy.

"Federal-Mogul Powertrain develops and delivers technologies that meet specific regulatory and market requirements, helping our customers to improve fuel economy, reduce emissions and enhance vehicle performance," said Federal-Mogul Powertrain general manager Vale Seats and Guides, Olaf Weidlich.

"China is one of our key markets, and our expanded valve seat and guide footprint here will further strengthen our capability to serve global customers, as well as regional Asian customers."

The new 10,000 square metre facility is located in the 3.9km2 industrial park at the Anqing Development Zone in Anhui with a total land area of 17,000 square metres.

The investment supports the production of valve seats and guides that deliver wear-resistance for turbocharged/non-turbocharged gasoline engines, heavy-duty/industrial engines with/without exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), as well as other complex engine applications.

"The Anqing joint venture facility will manufacture a range of Federal-Mogul Powertrain patented powder metal technologies,” added Federal-Mogul Powertrain director of operations, East Asia, Stephen Krause.

“Building on extensive technical experience in developing products and processes, the new operation provides solutions for the evolving needs of our customers.

“We are pleased to have worked closely with the Anqing municipal government and our joint venture partner Anhui Huanxin Group on this project and look forward to being the supplier of choice in the region."   

In the past year, Federal-Mogul Powertrain has increased its footprint in China with an expanded sealing facility in Nanchang and a new piston ring manufacturing facility in Changsha.

Federal-Mogul established its first manufacturing operation in China in 1995, with the Powertrain division operating 13 wholly-owned or joint venture companies in nine locations.

Federal-Mogul Powertrain's Shanghai-based Asia Pacific Technical Centre is one of the company's globally networked engineering and technical facilities providing technologies and services to domestic and foreign transportation manufacturers throughout Asia.