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Eaton outlines growth expectations

Diversified industrial manufacturer, Eaton, expects to double its global supercharger business over the next five years as car manufacturers look to engine downsizing to meet stricter emissions legislation.

At present, Europe is Eaton's largest market for superchargers, but with future growth potential forecast in Japan and China, the Tier 1 supplier says it is ideally placed to support car manufacturers in their pursuit for cleaner vehicles. In recent years Eaton has developed and enhanced its existing product capabilities through upgrades to its global facilities both in Tczew, Poland, and Georgia, USA. 

Darryl Niven, general manager of Eaton’s supercharger division, said, "The perception that supercharging is an old technology found only on dragsters and 1950's hot rods is absolutely false. Our latest supercharger design, the Twin Vortices Series, boosts performance of some of the most sophisticated engines in the world. When manufacturers compare overall systems, superchargers regularly perform better.

“They can be less expensive than turbocharged systems and provide a greater opportunity to reduce fuel consumption and emissions through engine downsizing and downspeeding. Clearly, superchargers are our product line with the most growth potential." 

Eaton supplies superchargers to a broad range of OEMs in Europe, and the company’s technology can be found on applications ranging from the compact three-cylinder engine in the 1.2-litre Nissan Micra to performance cars such as the Audi S4 and S5, Jaguar XFR and luxury SUVs like Land Rover's Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. Furthermore, Eaton superchargers are used in the Volkswagen Touareg Hybrid, and the company continues to provide product for Volkswagen's innovative four-cylinder twincharger 1.4-litre TSI unit.

“As part of Eaton's development to increase supercharger use, we are currently trialing it on a diesel powertrain,” Niven added. "Diesel engines produce cooler exhaust temperatures that can limit the efficiency of turbochargers. Supercharged diesel engines can also result in up to 50% less CO2 output during acceleration when compared with an equivalent turbocharged engine. Furthermore, Eaton superchargers excel at lowering emissions on cold starts and for start/stop systems. Thus, they are also suitable for hybrid vehicles as they can further reduce CO2 output during start-stop cycles."

22 September 2011


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