When it comes to combustion engines, Rheinmetall is pursuing a “last man standing” strategy. The group intends to exploit what it says is still a business potential in the field of internal combustion engines. Rheinmetall was able to win a new order for a mid-six-figure number of engine blocks, showing that this strategy has proven to be a competitive advantage. The client is a merger of two globally active, renowned car manufacturers. The order value is in the middle two-digit million EUR range.
Scope of the order
4-cylinder crankcases, which are manufactured using the die-casting process, were commissioned. The cast parts will be poured and pre-machined from autumn of this year. KS HUAYU AluTech GmbH in Neckarsulm will fulfill this order. It is a global joint venture between Rheinmetall and HUAYU Automotive Systems Co. Ltd. (HASCO), a subsidiary of the Chinese SAIC Group. The cast parts are then finished and assembled by the customer.
Rheinmetall is hoping for follow-up orders in the future, as the companies have been working together for years in die-cast cylinder housings. By winning the tender, the utilization of the existing capacities can be optimized. At the same time, Rheinmetall is receiving a growing number of orders for e-mobility components and systems. The company declares that it intends to successfully master the transformation of the industry towards complete e-mobility. The orders in the field of e-mobility are building blocks on this path.