24/01/2019 | Press release

Rheinmetall Automotive subsidiary books new order for steel pistons

Components for an internationally leading truck manufacturer

KS Kolbenschmidt GmbH, a company of Rheinmetall Automotive AG (Rheinmetall Group), has been awarded a contract by a major European and North American truck manufacturer. This project follows up on already delivered steel piston assemblies and cylinder liners and has a lifetime value of over €290 million.

Starting in 2020, the components developed by KS Kolbenschmidt will go into production at Kolbenschmidt's European headquarters and, for the NAFTA markets, at Kolbenschmidt de México S. de R.L. de C.V. The contract will continue until 2025.

The pistons and cylinder liners will be installed in 11- and 13-liter heavy-duty engines. For some years now, KS Kolbenschmidt has been working closely with this OEM and received the contract, especially thanks to the excellent friction characteristics of the total package offered.

The contract once again underlines this supplier's longstanding systems competence regarding engine friction, the objective being to reduce friction as far as possible by means of optimally adapted piston assemblies for reduced fuel consumption and lower emissions.


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