Dana Starts Up Mining-Axle Production Lines in China

Dana Corp. is now producing medium- and heavy-capacity mining
axles, shown here in an LHD applica-tion, at its Wuxi, China, plant.
Dana Holding Corp. has begun producing five medium- and large-sized Spicer mining axle models at the company’s facility in Wuxi, Jiangsu Provence, China. Designed with dynamic load capacities ranging from 20 to 60 tons (18 to 54 mt), the Spicer Model 14D, Model 16D, Model 19D, and two versions of the Model 53R axle are used for a variety of mining vehicles, including LHDs, mining trucks, and scoops.

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.

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