Dana Holding Corporation Introduces Spicer® Powershift Transmission for Growing Chinese Front-End Loader Market

Nov 22, 2010

SHANGHAI, Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- At Bauma China 2010 today, Dana Holding Corporation (NYSE: DAN) announced plans to produce a new Spicer® TZL Series powershift transmission for premium front-end loaders manufactured in China, including the 17-tonne ZL50 with a 5,000-kg load capacity and the 21-tonne ZL60 with a 6,000-kg load capacity.

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Customer prototypes of the Spicer TZL16 transmission -- engineered for ZL50 front-end loaders – are available now for testing by OEMs, with production at the Dana facility in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2011.  An enhanced TZL18 version designed for ZL60 front-end loaders is expected shortly afterward.  

"The front-end loader is the workhorse driving construction projects and economic progress throughout China, and Chinese OEMs have leveraged their substantial expertise in engineering and production to offer premium models for domestic and export consumption," said Mark Schneider, managing director of Dana Off-Highway Systems – China.  "The Spicer TZL series of transmissions has been specially designed to supply superior front-end loaders with higher horsepower capability, reduced maintenance, and smoother, quieter operation."

With an expected rating of 150 to 180 kW (200 to 245 horsepower) and a 555-mm drop, the Spicer TZL16 is a new four-speed transmission platform that uses proven internal components from the extensive line of Spicer powershift transmissions already available for the off-highway market.  

The Spicer TZL16 transmission includes forward and reverse clutches with high-energy capacities, adaptive clutch modulation, and helical gears to deliver a robust transmission with improved shift quality.  It also features two 400-Nm (295 ft-lb) SAE "C" pump drives with a variable pump ratio, and wider, 240-mm pump spacing, which enables OEMs to take advantage of optimum displacement system pumps and hydraulic plumbing.

Dana is exhibiting a Spicer TZL Series transmission in Hall E5, Stand 528, at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre through Nov. 26.

About the Dana Off-Highway Products Group

The Dana Off-Highway Products Group includes research and development and manufacturing operations in Belgium, Brazil, China, Hungary, India, Italy, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States.  It designs, manufactures, assembles, and markets Spicer axles and transaxles, driveshafts and end-fittings, transmissions, torque converters, electronic controls, and brakes.  

The Dana Off-Highway Products Group serves more than 1,000 vehicle assembly and manufacturing facilities in 30 countries.  Dana also supports off-highway customers in more than 100 countries by supplying genuine Spicer service parts, operating two global service parts distribution centers, and certifying more than 60 Authorized Spicer Service Centers.  Construction, agriculture, forestry, underground mining, material handling, outdoor power, leisure/utility vehicles, and industrial equipment are just some of the markets that demand the quality found in Spicer products and genuine service parts.  For more information, visit www.dana.com/offhighway.

About Dana Holding Corporation

Dana is a world leader in the supply of driveline products (axles and driveshafts), power technologies (sealing and thermal-management products), and genuine service parts for light and heavy manufacturers.  The company's customer base includes virtually every major vehicle manufacturer in the global automotive, commercial vehicle, and off-highway markets.  Based in Maumee, Ohio, the company employs approximately 22,500 people in 26 countries and reported 2009 sales of $5.2 billion.  For more information, please visit www.dana.com.

SOURCE Dana Holding Corporation


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