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Sundaram-Clayton Ltd. is an Indian automotive aluminum diecaster developing a $50-million HPDC plant at Ridgeville, SC.

Can-Eng Developing Flexible System for HPDC Plant

Aug. 28, 2018
“Modular” heat-treating installation will perform hardening and homogenizing for different aluminum cast products

Can-Eng Furnaces Intl. Ltd. reported it has a contract from Sundaram-Clayton Ltd. to design, build, install, and commission a heat-treating system for aluminum automotive parts. The operation will be installed at the aluminum diecasting operation that SCL is building in Dorchester County, SC.

SCL is an Indian manufacturer of aluminum castings for automotive OEMs. In early 2017 it announced a $50-million investment for its first U.S. manufacturing plant on 50 acres at an industrial park in Ridgeville, SC. It indicated it would produce aluminum high-pressure diecasting and permanent-mold gravity-cast parts, beginning late in 2018.

Can-Eng was assigned to develop a "unique modular design concept" for flexibility in heat-treating lightweight aluminum diecastings. The solution treatment, water quenching, and artificial aging systems are arranged to perform both T5 and T6 heat-treating and homogenizing processes.

“The new system will service three distinct aluminum product groups with unique treatment cycles,” according to Can-Eng.