For the fifth year in a row Hengst has received the International Aluminium Die Casting Competition Award, which makes them quite the *success story*. This is the fifth time Hengst has participated in the competition and the fifth time they have come out amongst the winners – one could certainly say *they are doing something right.*
An award of *special recognition* for the oil-coolant module for DAF utility motor vehicles was awarded to Hengst by a jury of experts for the modules developed by Hengst and produced at the Nordwalde (Near Muenster Head Quarters in Germany) location. It was at the Euroguss trade fair in Nuremberg where the awards were presented.
Produced by Hengst the aluminium die-cast part is the core of the module, which in turn is a component of an international motor platform. The DAF XF and CF series vehicles use the MX-11 engines, which is also used in Kenworth, Peterbilt and Solaris Bus and various agriculture and construction machines. Faced with many challenges the development team of engineers at Hengst had to deal with a consistently lightweight construction consisting of thin-walled die-cast aluminium with stringent tightness and compressive strength requirements.
It is expected that over 35 million Euro’s will be invested in the coming three years. Hengst Nordwald consists of Hengst logistic and its own foundry, filter production and warehouse, and this location will receive 15 million euros investment in 2018 alone.
The module has been designed as a lifetime component.
Jens Rottgering, the proprietor of the Hengst Group, was extremely pleased to have received an award in the International Aluminium Die Cast Competition stating: “It confirms our strategy of combining development, engineering and production expertise under one roof. It enables us, in cooperation with vehicle manufacturers, to develop innovative concepts that are ready for series production in a short time”.
One of the most modern facilities of its type in the world the Hengst in-house aluminium foundry in Norwalde (Munsterland) is where the die-cast component is manufactured, with the nearest-shape component produced in the factory to the most stringent quality requirements for purity and precision..