Federal-Mogul Powertrain has started a new plant in Changsha, China, producing piston rings for large-bore industrial engines, engines used in commercial ships, locomotives, and power-generation plants. The project is a joint venture with Changsha Zhengsheng Piston Ring Ltd., in which Federal-Mogul is the majority stakeholder and provides process technology and access to global customers. Changsha Zhengsheng supplies access to Chinese customers.
Changsha Zhengsheng is an established manufacture of automotive parts in the Chinese market, and it is supplying the
The capitalization of the joint venture has not been announced.
The new venture operates in a new 25,000-sq.m plant and has a current annual capacity of 2.5 million four-stroke industrial piston rings. At that rate, according to Federal-Mogul, it is the Chinese market’s leading supplier of industrial piston rings for commercial shipping and railroads.
The new plant is expected that to have 200 workers by the end of this year.
"The demanding emissions regulations in China are driving increased demand for fuel efficiency and emissions reduction in all industries," stated senior vice president Michael Hedderich. "In response to this trend, Federal-Mogul Powertrain has invested heavily in the large-bore piston ring business in Changsha, which will bring significant new opportunities for the company in the Chinese market."
In addition to its current series of Zhengsheng piston ring products, the plant will integrate a new production line for Federal-Mogul's Goetze® four-stroke industrial piston rings, designed for industrial customers seeking to reduce emissions and improve fuel economy.
Currently, Federal-Mogul Zhengsheng (Changsha) Piston Ring Co., Ltd. boasts an annual capacity of 2.5 million four-stroke industrial piston rings, making it a leading supplier of industrial piston rings in commercial shipping and railways throughout China.