STUTTGART, Germany, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- MAHLE recently delivered its one millionth steel piston to automaker Renault, less than a year after launching production at its Rottweil plant in Germany.
Renault's 1.5- and 1.6-liter diesel engines are the first diesel engines for passenger cars worldwide to come equipped with MAHLE's MONOTHERM® steel pistons, which reduce engine friction, improve thermodynamics and boost fuel efficiency by up to three percent.
MAHLE also has received Renault's award for "Outstanding Innovation Performance" for its development of the new steel pistons.
Production of the pistons began last year on fully automated assembly lines at MAHLE's Rottweil plant. Added production will begin in Izmir, Turkey, before the end of this year. The company expects that more than two million steel pistons will roll off its lines in 2016.
Prior to introduction on production vehicles, MAHLE's steel pistons already were being used successfully on the racetrack around the world, including Le Mans.
MAHLE is a leading international supplier to the automotive industry. With its products for combustion engines and their peripherals as well as solutions for electric vehicles, the group addresses all the crucial issues related to the powertrain and air conditioning technology—from engine systems and components to filtration to thermal management. MAHLE products are fitted in every second vehicle worldwide. MAHLE components and systems are also used off the road—in stationary applications, for mobile machinery, as well in railroad, marine, and aerospace applications.
In 2014, the group generated sales of EUR 9.94 billion with around 66,000 employees. Today, MAHLE is represented in over 30 countries with 170 production locations. At 16 major development locations in Germany, Great Britain, Luxembourg, Slovenia, the USA, Brazil, Japan, China, and India, more than 5,000 development engineers and technicians are working on innovative solutions.