Dana Starts Up Mining-Axle Production Lines in China
The company said the addition of pro-duction capacity in Wuxi is part of a global effort to increase output to meet growing demand for mining equipment. Over the past 30 months, Dana has significantly increased its production of mining axles, transmissions, and driveshafts at its four mining-focused manufacturing facilities in Arco, Italy; Brugge, Belgium; Lugoff, South Carolina, USA; and Wuxi, China.
“China is the world’s leading producer of coal, iron ore, metals and rare earths, and mine operators are increasingly reliant on larger and more complex machinery to keep up with demand,” said Aziz Aghili, president of Dana Off-Highway Driveline Technologies. “Dana is positioned today to supply mining equipment manufacturers in China with field-proven drivetrain solu-tions, as well as manufacturing and after-market service capabilities in the region.”
The deployment of added manufactur-ing capacity is the latest in a series of ini-tiatives to better support its OEM cus-tomers, according to Dana. This summer, Dana announced the opening of a new aftermarket distribution center in Wuxi to increase product availability, improve deliv-ery times, and provide additional support to its aftermarket customers.
In February, Dana announced the start of production on the Spicer TZL Series transmission, a new line of powershift transmissions for front-end loaders and motor graders manufactured in China.
Next year, Dana plans to open a 12,000-m2 (130,000-ft2 ) technical center in Wuxi to provide advanced product and applica-tions engineering through research, design, development, and testing of driveline, seal-ing, and thermal-management products, including electric-vehicle battery coolers.