AUBURN HILLS, MI--(Marketwired - Jun 27, 2013) - GKN Sinter Metals receives an Award of Distinction from the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) at its annual Powder Metallurgy Design Excellence Awards held in Chicago, Illinois. MPIF's Design Excellence Awards recognize designs emphasizing the improved net shape, precision, innovative fabrication methods, production efficiency, sustainability contributions, and manufacturing cost reduction capable with powder metal technology.
In the automotive engine category, GKN Sinter Metals received the Award of Distinction for its rear camshaft cap component used on Chrysler four-cylinder engines in the Dodge Dart. The award recognizes the inventive design and capabilities of GKN with regards to integrated functionality, unique geometry shapes, and material development. Due to its unique design shape, this part has been dubbed the "tombstone cam cap" and in the past was limited to only being produced by a die-cast process. GKN was able to implement its "Design for PM" philosophy to help Chrysler redesign it for powder metal using a high strength aluminum material, while providing improved functionality with pressed in oil grooves. By utilizing the full range of benefits from the powder metal process of near net shape, reduced material waste, and streamline manufacturing complexity, GKN is able to supply Chrysler with all cam caps on the Dodge Dart engine.
"We are excited to be a recipient this year of an excellence award from MPIF. This recognition by our industry, reconfirms that GKN is providing valued solutions to our customers, and continues to be on the leading edge of powder metal technology," Chris Franks, President of GKN Sinter Metals Americas.
GKN Sinter Metals is the world's largest producer of precision powder metal products. With a focus on superior delivery, quality and total solutions, the company offers extensive technical expertise in design, testing and various process technologies. GKN Sinter Metals offers a full range of more than 10,000 complex shape, high strength products for automotive, industrial and consumer markets worldwide. The company's global footprint spans more than 13 countries across five continents. GKN Sinter Metals is in close proximity to its customers with more than 30 global locations and approximately 6,500 employees.
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