“Federal-Mogul had a very solid second quarter and continues to perform well, with strongly increasing customer demand for our leading technology and innovation in all vehicle market segments,’’ stated President and CEO Jose Maria Alapont.
Sales for the Southfield, Mich, USA, based automotive supplier in Q2 2011 were $1.8 billion, up 13%, and net income was $64 million. The company’s sales growth was driven by market share gains in all original equipment business units combined with higher global original equipment market demand. This includes Powder Metallurgy operations in North America, Europe and Asia.
Federal-Mogul has also announced that it has developed a new piston ring coating that supports vehicle manufacturers’ efforts to make internal combustion engines more fuel-efficient. The company’s patented CarboGlide® coating was developed in Burscheid, Germany, at one of the company’s 18 globally-networked technical centres, and is said to deliver a direct improvement in fuel economy and CO2 emissions by reducing ring friction by up to 20%, as compared to nitride or other commonly used coatings. Several leading vehicle manufacturers will launch engines using CarboGlide-coated piston rings this year.
CarboGlide’s superior coating properties are achieved by a multi-layer microstructure and a special coating composition that contains carbon, deposited in diamond-like form, as well as hydrogen and tungsten.
The unique structure can be produced for a coating thickness of 10 microns, more than three times that of the industry’s latest state-of-the-art DLC coating. A specialized advanced process based on the combination of Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) and Plasma-Assisted Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD), specifically developed for piston ring application, is used in applying CarboGlide.