MAUMEE, Ohio—Dana Holding Corp.'s Victor Reinz multi-layer steel transmission separator plate was selected as a finalist for the 2015 Automotive News Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence Awards.
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The award recognizes superior innovation, technological advancement and business performance among automotive suppliers, Dana said. For 2015, 36 technologies were chosen as finalists, with the winners being presented on April 20 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit.
Dana's Victor Reinz multi-layer steel transmission separator plate improves sealing efficiency and durability for advanced multi-speed, dual-clutch and continuously variable transmissions, Dana said.
The plates—which are fluoroelastomer coated for micro sealing in critical areas—were developed at Dana's technical center in Neu-Ulm, Germany, and are produced there for customers including Volkswagen. Dana said it recently has expanded production to its facility in Wuxi, China, as well.
The product provides maximum control of fluids for performance under high pressures, the firm said. It carries transmission fluids under pressure to clutch packs, band servos and hydraulic devices that enable the transmission to shift based on speed, load and torque.
“Our engineers are continuously working to develop solutions to industry challenges, and these plates substantially improve transmission sealing, enabling our customers to optimize their vehicle designs with high-performance transmissions,” Dwayne Matthews, president of the Dana Power Technologies Group, said in a statement.
Matthews said the firm has been a finalist for the PACE Awards for the fourth consecutive year.
Dana said it is a worldwide supplier of driveline, sealing and thermal management technologies that improve the efficiency and performance of vehicles with both conventional and alternative-energy powertrains. The firm serves three primary markets—passenger vehicle, commercial truck and off-highway equipment.
Dana supplies original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket with local product and service support with nearly 100 engineering, manufacturing and distribution facilities, the firm said. Headquartered in Maumee, Dana employs 23,000 in 26 countries on six continents and reported 2013 sales of $6.8 billion.