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Driven: Thrilled to be sporting a leading car manufacturer

November 19, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Silicone Engineering has been approached by a primary automotive manufacturer, to help create parts for high end sports cars.

The leading automotive company, who has worldwide recognition, expressed their interests of creating a partnership between their French headquarters and Silicone Engineering’s European office based in France (North-West) last month. The company are looking to build and supply field passenger car steering columns, to be fitted in luxurious vehicles such as Audi and Jaguar. Silicone Engineering will be providing the firm with sponge and solid cord parts, which will then be fitted into the steering columns of the high performance sports cars.

Steering columns are important devices, which link the steering wheel and the steering gear together. This mechanism ensures that the driver’s precise transmission of steering angles and steering torques are produced.

Silicone Engineering are very content with being recommended to the new client by a current customer, based in the UK.

Bespoke parts are currently being created for the specific car component; this includes creating samples to demonstrate availability and stability of our silicone material.

The buyer and supplier were welcomed to Silicone Engineering’s head office earlier this month. The visit included a two day audit, which was carried out to ensure that the visitors got a good feel of Silicone Engineering’s ethical ways of working and producing silicone. They were shown around on the shop floor, the laboratory where the material is tested and were also introduced to all the different departments at the Silicone HQ.

This custom built product has been created to seal the designated parts into place and to stop moisture reaching high temperatures within the engine and exhaust parts of the vehicles. Adding silicone to the end product also goes onto create a nice spring effect.

Mélanie Bernardeau, Head of Sales - Northern Hemisphere said, “Our customer was very impressed with our manufacturing capabilities, they liked the fact that we were able to process silicone rubber in different ways, enabling the best cost effective solution for their chosen application.

By working close with our customer, we have redesigned the part going from a punched washer to an extruded cord parted off. Silicone Engineering has offered a tailored solution enabling substantial savings for our customer.”

Due to the rapid speed of exhaust and engine parts heating up in any car – silicone is the obvious choice for sealing and stopping moisture.

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