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The all-new G-Class makes its public debut at the Detroit auto show in G550 form. Completely redeveloped and fitted with a 4.0-liter V8 biturbo gasoline engine offering 427ps and 450 lb-ft of torque at 2,000rpm to 4,750rpm, despite near-identical looks to its predecessor plenty has changed for the Mercedes-Benz SUV.

Ford’s F150 pickup gets its first diesel motor


Developed by the powertrain team behind the 6.7-liter Power Stroke engine for super duty trucks, the all-new 3.0-liter V6 Power Stroke unit promises 250ps, 440 lb-ft of torque, and an anticipated 5175kg of towing capacity.

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Shell Tellus technology for world’s largest hydraulic press machine

China Erzhong Heavy Industry has developed the world’s biggest hydraulic press, an 800 mega newton closed-die hydraulic forging machine, and the Chinese company is working closely with Shell Lubricants to ensure that a hydraulic oil is used in the machine that meets its special high pressure and high load requirements.

For lubricants, the giant hydraulic press represents a challenging environment in which to operate. Following intense competition from leading industry lubricant manufacturers, Shell Tellus S2 M 46 was selected thanks to its excellent performance.

Hydraulic oil is one of the most critical components in order to resist the extreme pressures and severe loads that components in the forging machine face. Featuring 30 high pressure cylinders and 60 piston pumps, the press has an initial fill of 400 kl and can reach an oil pressure of up to 650 bars.

Erzhong’s press machine has been designed to be used in the automotive, aviation, aerospace, nuclear power and petrochemical industries amongst others. In particular, the machine is involved in the processing of ultra-high strength titanium and aluminium alloys, such as airplane body frames, nuclear power plant piping and turbines.

Discussing the project, Hans Gerdes, Spirax and Tellus brand manager at Shell, commented: “We are delighted to be working with China Erzhong on this ground-breaking hydraulic forging machine. Shell Tellus is one of the world’s leading hydraulic oils and we know that it meets the industry specifications of OEM heavyweights as Bosch, Rexroth, Denison, Vickers and Eaton. Working alongside China’s leading manufacturer - Erzhong - is an important part of our growth in the Asian market”.

5 July 2013


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