Truck and auto component maker Dana Holding Corp. said it introduced a new driveshaft and inter-axle shaft, designed for greater torque and durability.
The new SPL-350 driveshaft and SPL-250 inter-axle shaft are designed to withstand the stress placed on the driveline by high-efficiency on-highway trucks, Dana said.
“As vehicle manufacturers downspeed engines, torque demands on the rest of the drivetrain increase dramatically,” Pat D’Eramo, president of Dana Commercial Vehicle Driveline Technologies, said in a statement.
“These new, more robust driveshafts have been designed to provide the optimal combination of durability, size and weight needed to help heavy-duty truck owners maximize the productivity of their fleets,” D’Eramo said.
The company also announced the opening of a new 129,000-square-foot research and development center in China.
The new research center, staffed by 50 engineers, will provide product and applications engineering for manufacturers in the light-vehicle, commercial-vehicle and off-highway markets in China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region, Dana said.