New Aluminum Die Casting Machine Services EV and Hybrid Market
In order to keep pace with the growing market for electric and hybrid vehicles, automotive suppliers must adapt to new requirements such as aluminum components. For example, Mark Aluminum Die Casting recently invested in a new 600-tonne casting machine to produce high-pressure aluminum die cast bodies for oil pumps and water pumps.
EV and hybrid vehicles utilise batteries as part of the floorplan (in EVs, this replaces the internal combustion engine entirely), which means that green vehicle packaging is completely different. Batteries and associated motors are heavy, so to offset the weight, in most cases OEMs are utilising an increased quantity of aluminium compared to traditional steel components to achieve this. Reduced weight equals improved vehicle range and performance, all desirable attributes in an electrified vehicle. Thus, demand for aluminum components is rising as OEMs move to utilise more of it in their new green vehicle designs.
The company has therefore added to its capacity in India with a new casting machine. The new unit complements an existing 1,100 tonne die casting machine, offering the required capacity to mass produce components to support high-volume vehicle manufacturing.
The business already offers a proven track record in designing and supplying cast aluminium parts, with its castings utilised in the PROFLOW range of automotive water pumps, which deliver OEM levels of performance. PROFLOW water pumps are preferred by Aston Martin, General Motors, Jaguar Land Rover and Volvo.
David Lewis, Plant Manager at MADC, adds: “Sales of EV’s and hybrids are growing exponentially, and will continue to do so as petrol and diesel cars are slowly phased out. As a supplier to OEMs and the automotive aftermarket, we must be able to provide high quality aluminum castings to support this market shift while delivering quantities required to support just-in-time (JIT) production operations. This new investment will allow us to keep pace with this growth in aluminum demand. In addition, we will be taking delivery of two more even larger high-pressure die casting machines as well as two new similar capacity YIZUMI machines to offer even greater future capacity. One of each will be operational by the end of this financial year, with the next set coming online the following year.”
This article is based on a press release by Mark Water Pumps.
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