TI Automotive is investing more than 10 million pounds this year to launch production of an all-new dual-channel, single-stage (DCSS) fuel pump that it claims provides dramatic improvements in efficiency and performance.

“The new pump will strengthen TI Automotive’s position as the auto industry’s only supplier of complete fuel systems and will enable us to significantly increase our share of the global market for fuel pumps,” said Bill Laule, the company’s chief executive officer. “We expect this all-new DCSS line to account for the majority of our fuel-pump production within the next six years.”

TI Automotive products are now in use in a majority of the vehicles produced in North America and Europe. The company also manufactures nearly 10-million fuel pumps annually at facilities in Neuss, Germany; Caro, U.S., and Chalons, France.

The DCSS pump will debut on selected 2006-model vehicles with production at TI Automotive facilities in Neuss and Caro. Customers for the new line include two major European automakers, two of the industry’s traditional “Big Three” manufacturers and two Asia-Pacific producers.

“We continue to invest in new products and full fuel-system solutions valued by our OEM customers,” Laule said. “The acquisition of the Pierburg electric fuel-pump business in 2003, for example, has proven to be an important addition to our fuel-systems group.”

Brian Lindsay, managing director, commercial, Global Fuel Systems Group, noted that the new line of fuel pumps coupled with the company’s acquisition of Pierburg’s electric fuel-pump business unit last year significantly strengthens TI Automotive’s ability to design, develop and manufacture complete fuel systems.