Dana to Supply Complete Sealing System for Tritec Engines

Dec 6, 1999

    TOLEDO, Ohio, Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Dana Corporation (NYSE: DCN)
announced today that it will supply the complete sealing system for Tritec
Motors Ltd., a joint venture between DaimlerChrysler and the BMW Group.  Five
divisions of Dana's Engine Systems Group will supply components for the Tritec
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    Dana is the exclusive supplier for these components for the 16-valve,
1.6-liter and 1.4-liter engines Tritec Motors will produce in Brazil for the
Dodge and Plymouth Neon in the United States, and the Rover Mini in England.
    Dana has added a new production line in Brazil to manufacture oil pan
gaskets and thermoplastic cam covers to meet this demand.  Dana's investment
of $3.5 million in its sealing facilities in Gravatai, Brazil, and two years
of teamwork with DaimlerChrysler and BMW Group engineers, led to the
development of new thermoplastic cylinder head covers.
    This is Dana's first facility to produce cylinder head covers made of
thermoplastic.  This advanced technology provides better sealing, lower costs,
reduced weight and noise, easy assembly, and improved corrosion resistance.
    "We are committed to supplying our customers with the highest quality
sealing materials on a just-in-time basis," said Heinz Eilks, vice president
of sealing products for Dana's Engine Systems Group.  "This new line in
Gravatai will enable us to meet Tritec's requirements while providing them
with state-of-the-art sealing components."
    The cylinder head cover is recyclable, has a smooth final touch (without
any barb), and has brass inserts, or threads, that are cast into the
component's body.  In addition, the ignition coil and the crankcase
ventilation valve are bolted into the component.  It also includes an oil
fillcap, rubber cylinder head cover isolator, fixing screws, and labyrinth oil
separators in the crankcase ventilation systems.
    In addition to the cylinder head covers, Dana will supply Tritec Motors
with oil pan gaskets, piston rings, oil and water pump gaskets, oil seals,
o-rings, oil gaskets, and cam caps.  Dana's Victor Reinz, Perfect Circle and
Fluid System Products operations in Brazil will supply these components.
    Dana's Plumley Division provided technological support for development of
the rubber oil pan gaskets with  thermoplastic support.  The primary
advantages of the oil pan gasket include better deformation resistance, no
movement during the assembly, and metallic compression limiters around each
    Dana's Victor Reinz Division will supply the multi-layered steel (MLS)
gaskets. These gaskets have three layers of stainless steel, covered with a
fluorelastomer coating.  MLS gaskets improve sealing, with greater thermal and
mechanical resistance, and improve the performance of the engine.  In
addition, MLS gaskets reduce emissions and oil consumption.
    Dana's Perfect Circle Division will supply the complete set of rings:
upper compression ring, intermediate compression ring, oil ring expander and
oil ring side rail.  These components were developed by  synchronized
engineering teams of Dana and DaimlerChrysler engineers in Brazil, Germany,
and the United States.
    The oil seals, water pump gaskets, o-rings, blow-by-system, chaincase over
seals, and exhaust manifold gaskets will be produced by Dana's Victor Reinz
Mercosur Division.
    Dana's Fluid System Products Division will supply the water, oil and power
steering pumps, and cam caps.  The unique, dual water and power steering pump
will be used on the DaimlerChrysler application.
    Dana Engine Systems Group provides components, modules, and complete
systems solutions to engine builders worldwide.  The group's product lines
include Victor Reinz(R) gaskets and sealing products, Perfect Circle(R) piston
rings and engine parts, Glacier(R) Vandervell(R) engine bearings, fluid system
products, and Plumley powertrain components.
    Dana Corporation is one of the world's largest independent suppliers to
vehicle manufacturers and the aftermarket.  Founded in 1904 and based in
Toledo, Ohio, the company operates some 330 major facilities in 32 countries
and employs more than 86,000 people.  The company reported sales of $12.5
billion in 1998.  Dana's Internet address is http://www.dana.com .

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