KS Kolbenschmidt Gets Big Steel Piston Order

KS Kolbenschmidt has received a multiyear contract to supply steel pistons to a major global truck manufacturer.

KS Kolbenschmidt GmbH, a member of the Rheinmetall Group, said it has been awarded a contract for commercial vehicle steel pistons worth over $74 million. The customer is a leading manufacturer in the premium truck segment, KS Kolbenschmidt said.

The steel pistons for the NAFTA market will be supplied over a period of six years, starting in the fourth quarter of 2019. The production plant is the Mexican location of KS Kolbenschmidt de Mexico, where steel pistons have been manufactured for the North American market since 2013. Besides making the pistons, the KS Kolbenschmidt will also supply piston rings and pins.

The components will be installed in six-cylinder inline engines rated  455 to 505 hp. The double friction stir-welded steel pistons are manufactured according to KS Kolbenschmidt’s Weldteks design to produce a piston that the company said is rugged and durable and meets the extended lifetime performance benchmark for on-road applications of at least a million miles.