Southfield, MI — Amsted Automotive Group’s MVT business unit has produced the first of several highly advanced metal-formed products: transmission production parts for the all-new, high-end 3.0T V6+9AT “super powertrain” for Great Wall Motor company’s TANK brand, which manufactures premium off-road vehicles for the Chinese market.
MVT produced five clutch carriers for the all-new automatic transmission. Two of the five clutch carriers were developed on a GROB T12 machine, making MVT the first company in China to use the GROB machine for intermittent forming processes. Among the technology used by MVT to produce the clutch carriers for the highly advanced 9AT transmission were stamping preform, GROB spline form, finish stamping in transfer press (trim-pierce), and machining of tight-tolerance features on parts. GROB intermittent forming sheet metal allows for extremely efficient production of complex components, such as through shorter cycle times.
The MVT joint venture united the metal-forming and joining expertise of Transform Products, an Amsted Automotive business unit, with VT Industrial Technology’s proficiency in complex tooling manufacturing. The formation of MVT in 2021 expanded Amsted Automotive’s global presence to include the Chinese automotive market and its escalating need for next-level powertrain and advanced metal forming precision. In addition to the China market, MVT will serve the metal forming and tooling needs of the European and Japanese markets.
About Amsted Automotive Group
In 2021, Amsted Automotive Group brought together Means Industries Inc., SMW Manufacturing, and Burgess-Norton Mfg. Co., Inc. to form a new and innovative technology team. The integration provides an expanded global presence with 21 facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia to serve the global automotive customer base with a robust manufacturing footprint, producing over 100 million components and assemblies annually. The group combines design and engineering expertise, strategically aligned to be a nimble leader in advanced metal-forming and powder metal manufacturing with electro-mechanical clutch design capabilities for electrified propulsion solutions and builds on Amsted Automotive Group’s integral role in global advanced automatic transmissions designed in North America, Europe, and Asia.