The Budapest Business Journal (BBJ) reports that Weslin Industries Inc., located in Oroszlány, western Hungary, has been chosen to supply machined exhaust manifolds for Volkswagen’s 2.0L diesel engine programme and Renault’s 1.5L diesel engine programme.

The Hungarian company is a joint venture between Wescast Industries Inc. and Linamar Corporation.

BBJ reports that a five-year agreement has been reached with Volkswagen. Weslin will provide machined manifolds to Volkswagen’s Exhaust Systems Business Unit for hot-end system assembly starting later this year. Once fully ramped up in 2004, Weslin will supply approximately 200,000 manifolds annually.

The report also says that Weslin will supply machined manifolds for the Renault 1.5L diesel engine program commencing in 2004 for a minimum of four years. Once ramped up in 2006, Weslin will supply approximately 400,000 manifolds annually.