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Intermet to open second PCPC manufacturing plant.

Intermet Corp. states it will open a second casting plant dedicated to the company's new PCPC (Pressure-Counter Pressure. Casting) process. The plant is located in Jackson, Tenn., adjacent to one of Intermet's existing aluminum casting facilities and initially will support a new steering knuckle program for the Dodge Durango beginning in June of next year.

The company's first PCPC plant in Stevensville, Mich., which began aluminum steering knuckle production in 2001 for a large General Motors light-vehicle platform, is continuing at hill capacity.

When completed, the plant will feature PCPC cells designed to accommodate larger aluminum structural components such as suspension control arms and light-truck steering knuckles. It is being designed with the latest developments in lean manufacturing and one-piece workflow. The plant will have the capacity for up to 20 casting cells and heat-treatment systems. Fully equipped metallurgical laboratories and real-time X-ray systems with automatic inspection also will be in place to help support the manufacturing programs. Initial castings from the first machines installed in the 75,000 sq.ft, plant were recently made.

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Title Annotation:North America
Publication:Automotive Industries
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Dec 1, 2003
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