China’s JMC Heavy Duty Vehicle Co. Ltd., a division of Jiangling Motors Corp., recently introduced a new heavy-duty truck for the Chinese market with two engine options, each one relying heavily on compacted graphite iron produced using SinterCast process control.
SinterCast AB licenses control technology used by foundries to produce CGI — a lightweight alternative to gray iron and aluminum used mainly for automotive diesel engines and cylinder blocks, and some gasoline engine blocks.
These new engines follow soon after Ford Motor Co. announced a 3.0-liter V6 diesel to be available later this year in its 2018 F-150. That new engine joins a 2.7-liter V6 EcoBoost® gasoline engine, also built on a SinterCast CGI block, as two options available to buyers of the F-150.
JMC has licensed the SinterCast process since 2013. Its 9.0- and 13.0-liter engine options for the new truck resulted from a joint venture with Ford Motor Co., which provides its own European vehicle and engine technology for manufacturing and distribution in China by JMC.
The CGI cylinder blocks and heads are produced at the ASIMCO International Casting Co., Ltd foundry in Shanxi, China.
The 9.0-liter engine’s cylinder block and head are cast in CGI, while the 13.0-liter engine has a CGI cylinder head.
“We have supported the production of Ford’s 9-liter cylinder block and head in Europe since 2007 and we now look forward to supporting JMC’s series production in China,” according to SinterCast president and CEO Dr. Steve Dawson. “The 13-liter cylinder head is a new product for us, and marks our tenth SinterCast-CGI engine in the Ford group.”
In addition to performance, durability, and fuel economy, SinterCast said the new JMC engines would conform to China’s CN5 emission regulations.
Diesel engines for cars, trucks, and industrial power applications represent a sizable portion of SinterCast production every year. For Q1 2017, the group reported its technology had been used to produce 2.0 million “engine equivalents” (each ‘engine equivalent’ represents 50 kg of CGI), making this the ninth consecutive quarter with 2.0 million or more engine equivalents of SinterCast CGI output worldwide.