Friday, December 13, 2002

Business notes: Manufacturing


Ford's new engine put among best

By Mike Boyer
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Ford Motor Co.'s new 6-liter diesel engine, which is teamed with the Sharonville-built TorqShift five-speed automatic transmission, has been named one of the 10 best new engines by Ward's AutoWorld, the automotive trade publication.

It was the only diesel truck engine picked by the magazine's panel of judges. The engine and transmission are teamed on Ford's F-250 and larger pickup trucks.

Since production began this summer, more than 50,000 pickups equipped with the Power Stroke Diesel and the TorqShift transmission have been ordered.

The new engine is built by a unit of Navistar International Corp. in Indianapolis.

Orders for machine tools stabilize

New orders for machines that cut and form metal were down less than 1 percent in October from a year ago, two industry trade groups report.

Machine tool orders were estimated at $186.9 million in October compared with $188 million in the same period last year, according to the AMTDA, American Machine Tool Distributors' Association and AMT - Association for Manufacturing Technology.

The figures are reported by participating manufacturers and distributors.

The October figure was flat with the September estimate, the trade groups said.

For the year-to-date, orders total $1.7 billion, down 27 percent from the $2.3 billion reported in the year-ago period.

GEAE to supply fighter jet engine

GE Aircraft Engines has received a contract to supply its F414 fighter engine for the definition phase of the proposed Mako trainer/fighter aircraft for the European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co. (EADS).

EADS envisions the single-engine Mako for international sales.

The definition phase for the project, expected to last through 2004, will complete technical definition of the new aircraft, its engine and subsystems.

The F414 engine powers the Navy's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet aircraft.

Plant wins award for reliability

An Ashtabula, Ohio, combined heat and power plant operated by an affiliate of Cinergy Corp. has received recognition from the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.

The electric plant, operated for Millennium Chemicals Co., set a 100 percent reliability record in the third quarter and a 99.94 percent reliability record for the year.

The cogeneration plant, jointly owned by Cinergy Solutions and Trigen Energy Corp., replaced two outdated steam generation plants.

Chemical safety awards ceremony

The Alliance for Chemical Safety will present its second annual chemical safety awards at its meeting at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati, 3805 Edwards Road.

The awards will be presented to four local companies for their work in reducing chemical risks.

For information, contact Deb Leonard at (513) 612-3074.

E-mail mboyer@enquirer.com.



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