25 Feb 2014

Rheinmetall Automotive receives large contracts for compact emission-reduction valve

Rheinmetall Group’s automotive subsidiary KSPG AG has been awarded contracts worth a total €250 million (lifetime) for a newly developed compact exhaust-gas recirculation valve. Ordered by notable European and North American automakers, the valve will be installed in engines designed to comply with the strict Euro 6 emission norm. Since recently the valve has been a standard feature from a German premium carmaker. Additionally the valves will be installed in 2014 and 2015 when certain new engines go into production at the European and US plants of further manufacturers. With its comparatively compact footprint, the valve takes into account the continuous shrinkage of engine space on present car ranges.

In answer to the rising cost of fuel and ever tighter regulations regarding CO2 emissions KSPG AG has for decades now been specializing among other things in exhaust-gas recirculation (EGR) modules. Since the start of the 1980s the valves have chiefly been employed for the reduction of diesel engine emissions, nowadays they are increasingly being fitted to gasoline engines given the incremental fuel-saving potential.

Meanwhile, KSPG’s annual production volume of EGR valves and modules is as high as six million units. Rheinmetall Automotive not only produces the valves at the German plants but also in the Czech Republic, Spain, USA, India, and China.

The effect of exhaust-gas recirculation is based on a lowering of combustion temperatures in diesel and gasoline engines. Lower temperatures mean a reduction in nitrogen oxides. On gasoline units, this is accompanied by less fuel consumption because of engine dethrottling under partial load—one reason, in particular, why EGR modules are catching the eye of carmakers nowadays.

About KSPG AG

KSPG AG is the parent and flagship company of the Automotive sector within the Rheinmetall Group. With annual sales of around €2.46 billion in 2013, the KSPG Group is among the 100-biggest auto-industry suppliers worldwide. With a workforce in excess of 12,000, it has more than 35 production plants situated in Europe, the Americas, Japan, India, and China. This first-tier auto component supplier which has been operating on the international automotive markets for more than a century, has three divisions: Hardparts, Mechatronics, and Motorservice.

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Oliver Hoffmann
Head of Press and Public Relations
Rheinmetall Platz 1
40476 Düsseldorf
Germany
Phone: +49 211 473-4748
Fax: +49 211 473-4157

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