Coretalk: Female Engine Builders, Hear Them Roar
In front of a standing-room-only crowd during the AERA Show in Las Vegas on April 30, four female engine builders proved they were up to the task of their first-ever Clevite Engine Builder Challenge.
By Larry Carley
Clevite Engine Parts has sponsored the Clevite Engine Builder Challenge Series since 1990 and has hosted the event at industry trade shows, conferences, race tracks and open house events for customers - but this was the first build to feature women only.
Sandi Holder, of Holder Automotive Machine, and Becky Tardif, of Accurate Cylinderhead Service, Inc., narrowly bested the time of Susan Deegan, of Engine Lab of Tampa, and Gail Ault, of Ault and James, with a build time of under 43 minutes - but all four women scored a huge victory.
"This was by far the best experience I've ever had in the automotive industry," said Holder. "Going in, I was nervous, mostly because of the number of tools involved in the build. But, after tearing down the engine twice beforehand, I felt good about it." Holder said the experience was a real adrenaline rush and next to being a wife and a mom, to hear the 357 cid Ford engine fire up was one of her biggest personal accomplishments.
Tardif said this build was one of the most exciting experiences she's had as a machinist in the past 20 years. "We went in wanting to make women look good and show what we can do within this industry, and we're so excited that it went so well."
Holder and Tardif were coached by Kevin Webber, Clevite Engine Builder Showdown participant and engine builder from Hendrick Motorsports. Webber said when he thinks about coaching Becky and Sandi in the first ever Women's Engine Builder Challenge two words come to mind - respect and admiration. "These ladies performed this build before a large crowd; they never lost their cool and did an incredible job. That truly impressed me."
Deegan and Ault were coached by Joe London, Clevite Engine Builder Showdown participant and engine builder for Dale Earnhardt Incorporated and Chance2 Motorsports.
PERA Officially Launches EngineDataSource.com
The Production Engine Remanufacturers Association (PERA) officially launched its revolutionary new Web site, which is a complete source for engine data. The launch of www.EngineDataSource.com occurred at the opening of the AERA International Expo on April 28 just prior to the Spring Meeting of PERA on April 29-30, 2005.
PERA President Denny Janisewski of Gopher Motors Rebuilding, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, said "Machine shops, repair facilities and private car owners now have ONE place to go to get complete engine data for any engine they are working on."
EngineDataSource now has complete casting numbers, specification tables, parts listings and even instructions for all domestic engines with popular foreign engines now being added.
One of the most exciting features of EngineDataSource, according to Mark Fellanto of PROMAR Precision Engine Rebuilders, Paterson, NJ, and treasurer of PERA, is that the entire data base is live on the Internet. Updates and changes are immediate as new data is learned.
Roy Berndt of PERA's Technical Department summed up, "This new service is a source of technical information to help the custom, production, or do-it-yourself engine rebuilder. It includes casting numbers and pictures to help identify the major components as well as the differences between similar components. The service provides a major component bill of materials from participating aftermarket suppliers. And, one of the best features is that everything is mapped to AAIA standards."
Recently added to www. EngineDataSource.com are critical dimension and wear limits, original specifications, torques with sequence diagrams as well as disassembly and assembly instructions and illustrations provided by Mitchell 1.
For details on how to sign up, visit www.EngineDataSource.com. You may order the service online and pay for it by credit card on an annual or monthly basis. For any questions you may call Roy Berndt with PERA's Technical Department at 847-258-3727.
In other news, the offices of the Production Engine Remanufacturers Association (PERA) and the Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) have relocated to 4215 Lafayette Center, Suite 3, Chantilly, VA 20151-1243. To reach either association by phone or by fax, call 703-968-2772; fax 703-968-2878.
Franklin Power Products To Remanufacture GEP 6.5L Engines
Franklin Power Products Inc., a Delco Remy International company located in Franklin, IN, has signed an agreement with General Engine Products (GEP), a wholly owned subsidiary of AM General, to remanufacture 6.5L V8 diesel engines and distribute new GEP 6.5 L "drop-in" engines.
The new 6.5L and remanufactured 6.5L V8 diesel engines fit a variety of applications in North America, including pickup trucks, school buses and commercial delivery vehicles. Additionally, the engines are used globally in a wide variety of military, commercial and industrial applications including the notable U.S. Military HUMVEE vehicle.
Under this agreement Franklin Power Products will be the sole factory-authorized remanufacturer and GEP will provide the technical assistance and components. The engines are currently available through Powerbilt, a Delco Remy International company based in Mansfield, TX. Franklin Power also plans to offer the engines through its existing distribution channels.
Recon Expands Western Operations To Mexico
Recon Automotive Remanufactur-ers, Inc., recently announced a major initiative to expand its manufacturing and distribution operations to better serve its customers. As part of this customer-focused initiative, Recon is expanding and relocating its distribution center in Southern California and moving its manufacturing facility from California to its QS 9000-certified facility in Mexico. Recon's primary manufacturing center and warehouse based in Philadelphia continue unchanged.
According to the company, this move will ensure Recon's competitive position in the marketplace, while increasing the inventory will enable quick and easy fulfillment of customers' orders. To further ensure an enhanced level of service and customer satisfaction, Recon is expanding its west coast sales team to provide increased in-field sales training and product education.
Recon's new distribution center and Southern California shipping address is: Recon Automotive Remanufacturers, Inc., 1250 West Artesia Boulevard, Compton, CA 90220. West coast Customers can call Recon's Customer Service Department at 800-817-3266. For more information, call 800-81-RECON or visit www.recon engines.com.
Jasper Names Preferred Partners For 2005
Jasper Engines & Transmissions named its Preferred Partners for 2005 during the Jasper Engines & Transmissions 18th Annual Preferred Partners Banquet on March 9. The recipients of the award are: Federal-Mogul, Dana/Clevite, Dana/Spicer, Transtar, Mahle, Inc., Grant Iron and Motors and Elgin Industries.
The Jasper Engines & Transmissions' Preferred Partner Award is presented annually to recognize the company's Partners in Success. Recipients are nominated by a purchaser within the Jasper organization and are judged on quality, service, fill-rate, response time to a problem and billing/credit procedures, among other criteria. Judging takes place by Jasper associates who use the nominees' products and services.
A number of this year's Preferred Partners have received this award in the past. This is the 18th consecutive year Federal-Mogul has been the recipient of the Jasper Preferred Partner Award.
According to Doug Bawel, president of Jasper Engines & Transmissions, this year just seven of the company's 1,400 suppliers received the Preferred Partner recognition.
2005 Aftermarket Status Report Includes DIY Data
The 2005 AASA Automotive Aftermarket Status Report, the annual market research report produced by the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), will include a new do-it-yourself (DIY) section that will examine DIY trends, different types of DIY repairs and much more about this critical segment of the aftermarket industry.
The annual AASA Automotive Aftermarket Status Report offers a comprehensive snapshot of the market segment's important contributions to the global economy. The 2005 edition, which is sponsored by Industrial Marketing Research, is slated for publication in June.
The AASA Automotive Aftermarket Status Report is the single source for current statistics and analysis of the trends shaping the aftermarket. The timing of the report's release has been moved earlier in the year to provide manufacturers the ability to have the latest market research information and trends in time for their annual forecasting and budgeting for the upcoming year.
AASA Automotive Aftermarket Status Report is available to AASA members for $120; non-members can receive the Status Report for $500. Ordering information is available at the AASA Web site, www.aftermarketsuppliers.org, or e-mailing email@example.com.
Edwards Sweeps Atlanta With Fel-Pro-Sealed Engines
Engines sealed by Fel-Pro® PermaTorqueMLS head gaskets finished first in both NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series competition at Atlanta Motor Speedway in late March as Carl Edwards claimed back-to-back wins in the Aaron's 312 and Golden Corral 500. Fel-Pro gaskets are manufactured and marketed by Federal-Mogul Corporation.
Edwards' Roush Racing-owned Ford started on the pole in the Aaron's 312, held March 19, fell back into the top five, then reclaimed the lead from Tony Stewart with 12 laps remaining to gain his first Busch Series victory. The 25-year-old driver waited a bit longer - until the final turn of the last lap - to make his move in the March 20 Golden Corral NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event, yet had just enough room to beat Jimmie Johnson to the finish.
Both wins were powered by 358-cid Ford V8 engines built by Roush and Yates Racing Engines and sealed with Fel-Pro PermaTorqueMLS multi-layer steel head gaskets.
Heavy Duty Truck Owner/Operators, Construction Fleets Report Highest Maintenance Expenses
Heavy duty trucks owner/operators and maintenance managers of construction fleets reported the highest per-mile maintenance expenses of categories analyzed in the 2005 Heavy Duty Truck Maintenance in the U.S.A.
The annual research study is compiled and published by HDMA, MEMA's heavy duty market segment association. Owner/operators report an average per-mile maintenance expense of 25 cents and construction fleets average is 20 cents.
The other categories' average per mile maintenance expense are: production/distribution fleets: 12 cents; agriculture/mining/forestry: 14 cents; private fleets: 15 cents; commercial carriers: 16 cents.
Members of HDMA and other MEMA market segment associations can order additional copies for $49.95. Discounts are available for orders of five or more copies.
House Passes Measure To Replace Old Trucks
The House of Representatives has approved an energy bill that includes $100 million for a new program to provide financial incentives to fleets to replace their older trucks with newer, cleaner-burning models or to retrofit their older diesel engines to meet current emission rules, reported Transport Topics recently.
The program, added as an amendment to the energy bill by Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald (D-Calif.), would "authorize $100 million in funding between fiscal year 2006 and fiscal year 2008" as incentives to upgrade the U.S. truck fleet.
That funding would be used to "create an [Environmental Protection Agency] program for awarding competitive grants," said Rep. Ralph Hall (R-Texas), who supported the amendment. "We like that. We like the fact that the fleet modernization and retrofitting of existing equipment is going to reduce harmful emission and lessen smog-forming pollution."
Rep. Barton Reintroduces Right to Repair Act to Congress
The Motor Vehicle Owners Right to Repair Act with compelling new language clarifying the FTC's role and car company trade secrets was reintroduced to Congress on May 3 by the legislation's sponsor Representative Joe Barton (R-TX), according to the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association (AAIA).
"Early introduction of the legislation in the 109th Congress reflects a sense of growing support within the aftermarket industry and on Capitol Hill," said Kathleen Schmatz, AAIA president and CEO. "Rep. Barton expressed optimism that the bill would pass this session when he addressed aftermarket businessmen at the recent AAIA Aftermarket Legislative Summit."
The legislation would require that the car companies make the same service information and tools capabilities available to independents that they provide their franchised dealer network. Architects of the Right to Repair Act added new language to clarify that car company trade secrets are protected unless that information is provided to the franchised new car dealer. New language also provides more detail on the role of the Federal Trade Commission's role in enforcing the legislation.
AAIA urges all aftermarket companies to write their elected official urging them to sign on as sponsors of the legislation in order to continue the momentum and achieve enactment during this Congress.
AAIA's Legislative Action Center at www.aftermarket.org makes writing letters to elected officials fast and easy.
Cummins Restructures Management Team, New President and COO Named
Joe Loughrey, president of Cummins' engine business, has been promoted to president and COO of Cummins Inc. His new appointment is part of a strategic reorganization and growth plan, Tim Solso, Cummins chairman and CEO noted in a recent press release.
Loughrey has been with Cummins for 31 years, during which time he has held a number of leadership positions. Succeeding Loughrey as president of the Engine Business will be Jim Kelly who has served as vice president and general manager of Cummins MidRange and heavy-duty engine businesses.
The company also announced that Rick Mills will become president of the new components group. Mills has led Cummins filtration business since 2000. Rich Freeland will become president - worldwide distribution business, which combines Cummins International and North American distributors under one organization.
Steve Chapman, who has served as president of the international distributor business, will become group vice president - emerging markets and businesses. He will assume an expanded role in growth markets, such as China, India and Russia, as well as corporate business development.
In addition, Tom Linebarger, president of Cummins Power Generation, and Jean Blackwell, CFO, have been named executive vice presidents. They also will serve as members of the executive committee along with Solso, Loughrey and Mark Gerstle, vice president - corporate quality and chief risk officer.
All of these changes are effective immediately, the company said. For more information about Cummins, go to: www.cummins.com.
Federal-Mogul Scraps Finance Plan
Federal-Mogul Corp. canceled plans for a $1.43 billion financing package that would help it exit bankruptcy protection, Standard & Poor's and Moody's Investors Service said in a recent Bloomberg News report.
S&P and Moody's withdrew their ratings for the company. Federal-Mogul spokeswoman Marie Remboulis declined comment, according to the report.
In October, the company said it would receive a $933 million seven-year term loan and a $500 million five-year revolving credit. It has a $500 million loan to pay for operations while under court protection, according to court documents.
S&P had assigned the loans a BB- rating, three levels below investment grade, analyst Nancy Messer said. Moody's had given the revolving credit a Ba2 rating, two levels below investment grade, and the term loan a B1 rating, which is four levels below investment grade.
Investor Carl Icahn is the company's largest creditor. Along with other bondholders he would get 49.9 percent of the company's stock under a reorganization plan. Asbestos-injury claimants will get 50.1 percent of the company.
In order to use the exit financing, the company's reorganization plan must be approved by court officials. A hearing to approve the plan was held on Dec. 9 in Trenton, N.J., though approvals were delayed by asbestos issues.
Moody's senior credit officer Lisa Matalon said the commitments for the loans were expiring and the company didn't want to pay the "ticking fee" to keep them going. A ticking fee is what a company pays to keep a loan in place until it can be used. According to S&P's Leveraged Commentary and Data, the ticking fee on Federal-Mogul's loan was half a percentage point
Federal-Mogul Promotes Three Executives
Federal-Mogul recently announced promotions for three of its executives.
Peter Becker has been appointed vice president, customer satisfaction, and was also appointed to the strategy board for Federal-Mogul Corp. In this new role, Becker assumes responsibility for quality and global customer satisfaction for Federal-Mogul. He previously served as vice president, corporate quality. Becker joined the company in May 2001.
Marie Remboulis has been appointed vice president, corporate communications, and a member of the strategy board as well. Remboulis assumes responsibility for the global communications function for Federal-Mogul. Previously director of global communications, Remboulis has more than 20 years of international experience in human resources, change management and communications. Since joining Federal-Mogul in 2000, she has been director of human resources for the lighting group and the global shared services program.
Jeff Kaminski has been named senior vice president, global purchasing, and was also appointed to the strategy board. Previously vice president, global supply chain management, Kaminski was appointed to this role in September 2003, and was responsible for the company's purchasing, supplier quality and inventory management functions.
For more information about Federal-Mogul, visit: www.federal-mogul.com.
Bush Backs Tax Credits for Diesels
President Bush is asking that diesel-powered vehicles be included in plans to give consumers tax credits for the purchase of vehicles with advanced, fuel-saving power plants.
Until now the Bush administration favored tax credits of as much as $4,000 for gasoline-electric hybrids and eventually tax credits of as much as $8,000 for fuel cell-powered vehicles.
He added diesels to the plan during a speech to small-business executives Wednesday.
"Technology is the ticket to greater energy independence," Bush said.
Allen Schaeffer, executive director of Diesel Technology Forum, an industry-backed group promoting diesels, said of the president's statement, "It's a good thing, and it recognizes how far diesels have come really. We're talking about being right there with hybrid technologies as being important assets to reduce our reliance on imported oil."
FedEx Announces Plans to Add up to 75 'Clean Air' Hybrid Trucks to Fleet
FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp., today announced plans to add up to 75 hybrid, diesel electric trucks to its service fleet in the next 12 months. The announcement coincided with the unveiling of two FedEx hybrid trucks in the nation's capital recently, which brought the company-wide total of hybrid trucks in use to 18.
The FedEx Express E700 hybrid electric vehicle decreases particulate emissions by 96 percent and travels 57 percent farther on a gallon of fuel than a conventional FedEx truck, reducing fuel costs by more than one third, the company said.
CARQUEST Gaskets by Victor Reinz Wins Fifth Consecutive Outstanding Fill Rate Award
Victor Reinz recently received the 2004 "Outstanding Order Fill Award" from CarQuest for its CARQUEST Gaskets. This is the fifth consecutive year Victor Reinz has earned the award.
CARQUEST annually recognizes manufacturers that provide the company with a superior fill rate for its product lines. Each manufacturer that attains this high level of performance receives a trophy commending its achievement.
The award was presented to Victor Reinz by Randall Long, CARQUEST's vice president of product management, at the CARQUEST Spring meeting. Accepting on behalf of Clevite Engine Parts was Terry Shively, vice president and general manager of Clevite Engine Parts; Lee Murray, vice president of marketing and Richard Odom, CARQUEST market development manager.
Clevite Engine Parts was also recently named a Preferred Partner by Jasper Engines Transmissions as well as receiving NAPA's 95 percent Award.
For more information about Clevite, go to: www.engineparts.com
Federal-Mogul Reports First Quarter 2005 Results
Federal-Mogul Corporation has reported its financial results for the three-month period, which ended March 31st. During the first quarter of 2005 Federal-Mogul recognized a net loss of $48 million on sales of $1,633 million.
First quarter 2005 net sales of $1,633 million represents an increase of $86 million or 6% when compared to net sales of $1,547 million for the same period in 2004. New business in the OE and Aftermarket sectors accounted for $37 million of this increase, while foreign currency contributed $39 million and increased volumes, primarily from the North American Aftermarket, contributed $10 million.
The Company reported a loss from continuing operations before income taxes of $22 million during the first quarter of 2005, compared with earnings from continuing operations before income taxes of $1 million for the same period in 2004. The Company recorded income tax expense of $27 million on a loss from continuing operations before income taxes of $22 million.
On February 2, 2005 the Company announced the appointment of Jose Maria Alapont to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer, which became effective on March 28, 2005. Mr. Alapont brings to Federal-Mogul more than 30 years of strong leadership experience in both the automotive manufacturer and supplier industries. Since joining the Company, Mr. Alapont has been actively engaged in assessing the challenges facing the Company on business strategy, technological innovation, customer satisfaction and global profitable growth.
Federal-Mogul Receives Four Awards From Sears Including Supplier of the Year in Two Categories
Federal-Mogul Corporation has received four prestigious supplier awards from Sears, Roebuck and Co. for 2004. They include Supplier of the Year in the automotive segment and a Partner in Progress award.
Federal-Mogul also received Supplier of the Year for Quality in both the automotive segment and the larger hardlines segment for its Wagner(R) ThermoQuiet(R) brake pads and shoes.
The awards are presented annually to a select group of supplier companies that have provided Sears with quality products and services, from apparel, appliances and tools, to marketing, transportation services and technology. The awards are in recognition of Federal-Mogul's committed relationship with Sears to be customer-driven and to deliver business results as part of a high performance team.
An elite group of companies are nominated yearly for Partners in Progress awards. Less than one percent of Sears' more than 10,000 suppliers have demonstrated the characteristics of vision, focus, commitment, teamwork, talent and innovation necessary to receive this recognition.
Federal-Mogul Names Hermiz Senior Vice President, Sealing Systems
President and Chief Executive Officer Jose Maria Alapont announced today the appointment of Ramzi Hermiz as senior vice president, Sealing Systems and a member of the Strategy Board for Federal-Mogul Corporation.
Previously vice president of Federal-Mogul's European Aftermarket, Hermiz joined Federal-Mogul in 1998 when the company purchased Fel-Pro, Inc. Since then, Hermiz has held positions of increasing responsibility, beginning with director, purchasing; followed by director, pull systems and inventory; and then vice president, global supply chain management.
Before joining Fel-Pro in 1990, Hermiz was manager, purchasing and quality assurance for a manufacturer of residential lighting and other products. He began his career as a design and product engineer for a consulting firm serving the heavy-duty construction industry.
For more information on Federal-Mogul, visit the company's Web site at www.federal-mogul.com.
Navistar's South American Engine Subsidiary to Acquire Another Diesel Engine Company
Navistar International's South American engine subsidiary, International Engines South America, has agreed to acquire MWM Motores Diesel Ltda (MWM), a major Brazilian diesel engine producer. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Owned by the Thiele family, MWM began operations in Brazil in 1953. The company is headquartered and has manufacturing operations in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
MWM produces a broad line of medium and high speed diesel engines ranging from 50 to 310 horsepower for use in pick-ups, vans, light and semi-heavy trucks, as well as agricultural, marine and electric generator applications. The company's OEM customers include a number of important corporations in the automotive, agricultural and industrial segments, including General Motors, Volkswagen and Nissan. Annual production exceeds 85,000 engines with 2004 revenues for the privately held company of approximately $370 million.
The new company will be operated as MWM International Industria da Motores da America do Sul Ltda., with Waldey Sanchez, currently managing director of International's South American engine business, serving as president and chief executive officer.
For more information about Navistar, go to: www.internationaldelivers.com.
Sterling Automotive Parts Changes Ownership
Sterling Automotive Parts, New York's largest warehouse distributor of engine and performance parts has announced an ownership change.
The new ownership team of Jeff Tasch, John Carmine, and Bhoj Singh were all internal Sterling employees with more than fifty years of combined automotive experience.
Sterling will continue to be a member of the Engine Parts Group, and as such maintain its long relationship with its vendors.
APA Names Hi Tech as Approved Vendor for Engines and Cylinder Heads
Automotive Parts Associates (APA) has granted approved vendor status to Hi-Tech for engines and cylinder heads.
Hi-Tech's engine and cylinder head coverage includes import and domestic cars and trucks, high-performance, diesel and marine.
Commenting on the new vendor agreement, Lonnie Mayne, group president of Hi-Tech's Factory Engineering Group said, "The market's quick acceptance of the engine and head program is related to reducing the installer and jobber's risk. Past experience had shown them that the possibility of losing their profit and reputation was all too real. After holding focus groups, it became clear that only the highest quality product, built to current factory specs, would be acceptable."
Founded in 1981, APA is a member owned cooperative made up of more than 100 independent warehouse distributors and numerous Professional's Choice Tech Centers.
For more information about Hi-Tech Engine Components, visit: www.hi-techengine.com.
Federal-Mogul Receives 2004 Toyota Excellent Award for Quality
Federal-Mogul Corporation's Athens, AL, sealing systems facility was recently honored with Toyota's Excellent Quality Performance Award for 2004. The award acknowledges that Federal-Mogul has met Toyota's highest standards in quality for parts and materials.
Tom Conaghan, senior vice president of Sealing Systems and Systems Protection at Federal-Mogul, accepted the award from Atsushi Niimi, Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America president, and Simon Nagata, Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America purchasing vice president, at Toyota's Annual Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony in Covington, KY, on March 23. The business meeting brings together the automaker's approximately 500 North American suppliers to share expectations for the coming business year and to recognize outstanding performance among suppliers.
Federal-Mogul's Athens, Alabama, facility manufactures the multi-layer steel exhaust gasket for the 1ZZ I4 Toyota engine program, used in the Toyota Matrix and Corolla. Athens supplies the part to Toyota's facility in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, and a Toyota joint venture, NUMMI, in Fremont, CA.
SEMA Works with California Officials to Resolve Hot Rod Titling and Registration Dilemma
The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) is working with officials from the California Attorney General's office to seek a reasonable solution to California's motor vehicle registration and titling process so that specialty vehicles, including street rods, kit cars and replicas, can become properly registered and titled in the state.
California's convoluted vehicle registration laws have created confusion among state hobbyists and those charged with applying these laws at the ground level. The result has been that certain hobbyist vehicles may be erroneously titled or registered. There are divergent opinions among hot rod industry sources and state officials regarding how many vehicles have been mistitled.
"We agree that we need to find an equitable solution that provides vehicle owners a reasonable period of time to voluntarily retitle their vehicles and pay appropriate fees," said Corky Coker, SEMA's chairman and president of Coker Tire Co. "That solution must contain practical requirements for those who participate in a retitling program. In addition, we must develop provisions that will accommodate new vehicles being built today for future titling and registration."
For more information contact SEMA at 1575 S. Valley Vista Dr., Diamond Bar, CA 91765-0910: call 909-396-0289; or visit www.sema.org and www.enjoythedrive.com.
Caterpillar Announces ACERT Technology for 2007 for On-Highway Engines
Caterpillar recently announced that it would comply with the 2007 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) emissions regulations with ACERT Technology for 2007.
The next generation of ACERT uses the company's proven ACERT Technology as the foundation.
The Caterpillar heavy duty solution for 2007 will use existing ACERT Technology, which includes series turbochargers, variable valve control, a high pressure multiple injection fuel system, Cat® electronics control systems and an oxidation catalyst. To meet 2007 regulations, all Cat engines with ACERT Technology feature an enhanced combustion process called Clean Gas Induction (CGI), closed crankcase ventilation system, and diesel particulate filter system with active regeneration.
Mid-range engines also build on ACERT Technology and feature a high-pressure injection system and the closed crankcase ventilation, with the addition of a variable turbine geometry turbocharger.
Federal-Mogul Names Brunol Senior Vice President, Business and Operations Strategy
Jean Brunol has been named senior vice president, business and operations strategy and a member of the Strategy Board for Federal-Mogul Corp., effective May 2. Brunol will be responsible for corporate development of business and global growth strategies.
Most recently Brunol was senior vice president, product and business strategy, international operations at Iveco - the commercial vehicle company of the Fiat Group.
Previously, Brunol was business partner and executive advisor for private equity funds and independent companies. He joined Thomson in 2000, and served as president of tube operations until 2002. Between 1997 and 2000, Brunol was CEO of SAFT, ALCATEL Battery & Power Systems Company.
Brunol joined Valeo Automotive Systems in 1992. Between 1992 and 1997, he served as product director, transmissions and then executive vice president, electronics.
International Unveils Big Bore Engine at Mid-America
International Truck and Engine Corp. offered the first look at its new International brand big bore diesel engine at the recent Mid-America Trucking Show. The fully emissions compliant engine, in the 11.0-13.0L range, is projected to debut in International Class 8 vehicles in Fall 2007.
Jack Allen, president, International Engine Group, stressed that the new engine is a "true big bore platform," a full step up in size and power from International's leading mid-range diesels.
This engine launch is part of a previously announced strategic agreement between International and MAN Nutfahrzeuge to collaborate on design, development, sourcing and manufacturing of components and systems for commercial trucks and diesel engines. The new International big bore engines will be offered exclusively in International brand severe service trucks, regional haul tractors and long haul tractors. The company also will continue to offer Cummins and Caterpillar big bore engines in
International Class 8 vehicles.
For more information about International Truck and Engine Corp., go to: www.InternationalDelivers.com.