Timken and Stanadyne form global automotive parts alliance

Timken and Stanadyne Precision Engine Products Corporation have agreed to jointly develop and market advanced components for the worldwide automotive engine valve train market.

Timken and Stanadyne Precision Engine Products Corporation, a subsidiary of Stanadyne Corporation, have agreed to jointly develop and market advanced components for the worldwide automotive engine valve train market.

According to Timken, a global supplier of highly engineered bearings, alloy and specialty steel and components, the annual global market for these products is estimated to be approximately $700 million.

The alliance will link Stanadyne’s Precision Engine Products Corp subsidiary and the automotive powertrain group of Timken US Corporation, a Timken subsidiary.

Under the terms of the agreement, Timken will design and manufacture roller finger followers for integration with hydraulic lash adjusters developed and produced by Stanadyne.

The valve train is the primary engine system that controls fuel and air intake and exhaust to provide exact timing for the combustion cycle. Valve train components have a critical impact on engine performance, emissions, durability and fuel economy. Hydraulic lash adjusters eliminate any system clearance to maintain precision contact tolerances. Roller finger followers reduce friction at the key interface that translates camshaft motion to the valves.

Commenting on the alliance, Michael O’Day, vice president and general manager, Stanadyne Precision Engine Products Corp said: ‘The alliance combines the individual companies’ product history of designing, developing, testing, manufacturing and assembling high-volume, precision components to the automotive industry standards at competitive prices.

‘The experiences and capabilities of both companies mesh so smoothly that the resulting alliance culture is producing rewards beyond the sum of its parts, and the benefactor is the customer.’