Kolbenschmidt gains contract to supply steel pistons from its Celaya facility
German auto components manufacturer KS Kolbenschmidt GmbH (KSPG), a member of the Rheinmetall Group, has been awarded a contract for commercial vehicle steel pistons worth over US$ 74.6 million. The product will be manufactured at the company’s facility located in Celaya, Guanajuato.
“The customer is a leading manufacturer in the premium truck segment. Tipping the scales in favor of Kolbenschmidt were the use of state-of-the-art technologies, outstanding customer service, and a competitive local presence”, said the company in a press release.
The ultramodern steel pistons will be supplied over a period of six years as from the fourth quarter of 2019. The Mexican location of KS Kolbenschmidt de Mexico, manufactures steel pistons for the North American market since 2013. Besides making the actual pistons, the manufacturer completes the assembly with rings and pins.
The components will be installed in six-cylinder inline engines of this commercial vehicle manufacturer. The 455-to-505 HP heavy-duty engines feature the newest technologies and, in the USA, rank as the flagship model of this OEM.
The double friction stir-welded steel pistons are manufactured according to KS Kolbenschmidt’s Weldteks design to produce a piston that is extremely rugged and durable, and meets the extended lifetime performance benchmark for on-road applications of at least 1.6 million kilometers.