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Amsted Industries, a diversified designer and manufacturer of industrial solutions serving the railroad, vehicular and construction markets with a global footprint spanning 65 facilities in 10 countries across 6 continents, is bringing together two of its century-old, core Tier 1 automotive supply business units—Means Industries and Burgess Norton—to form the Amsted Automotive Group (AAG).

The integration provides an expanded global presence with 16 facilities in North America, Asia and Europe to serve the global customer base with a robust manufacturing footprint producing over 100 million components and assemblies annually.

This group combines design and engineering expertise, strategically aligned to be a nimble leader in advanced metal-forming and powder metal manufacturing with electro-mechanical clutch design capabilities for electrified propulsion solutions. This builds on its role in global advanced automatic transmissions designed in North America, Europe, and Asia.

The world automotive market is going through a period of fundamental change. The transition to electric vehicles has the potential to reshape much of the industry, including the supply base. We are bringing Means Industries and Burgess-Norton together to form the AAG to focus on being significant participants in electric vehicle technology, design and manufacturing supply, while capitalizing on the remaining opportunities for supply to traditional internal combustion engine programs.

—Stephen Smith, Chairman, President and CEO, Amsted Industries

This combination of expertise in torque transfer and powder-metal forming will facilitate more elegant and stronger designs which reduce parasitic losses in the powertrain. This has the potential to extend electric vehicle driving range or reduce electric motor and battery requirements.

The electric vehicle market is no longer emerging; it is here, and production volumes will increase rapidly. The formation of AAG aligns our design and engineering expertise, making the company a leader in torque transfer for electric vehicles without diminishing resources for internal-combustion engine programs.

—Jeremy Holt, President of AAG

The advantages of forming the AAG became apparent during the development of a disconnect device which is used in a new production electric vehicle that will launch in 2021.

This device uses unique clutching technology developed by Means and Burgess-Norton proprietary powder-metal forming. With the AAG, the teams will be further integrated for more rapid and smooth brainstorming, development and refinement of concepts, prototyping and manufacturing.

AAG provides the foundation for the company to further expand in the automotive market and beyond. The new group will bring together team members in multiple operations located in Mexico, Italy, China, Japan, Canada and the United States.

Means Industries delivers technologies such as electric-motor housings with thermal-management, mechatronic clutches, integrated electric park-lock systems and electro-dynamic driveline disconnects. The company’s torque transfer solutions and advanced metal-forming capabilities are utilized in hundreds of current production vehicle transmissions manufactured by nearly all of the largest automotive companies in the world. Company headquarters are in Saginaw, Michigan.

Burgess-Norton built the core of its business on piston pins. It has produced millions of units for all types of internal combustion engines as well as many leading international customers throughout the automotive and truck markets. In 1954, Burgess-Norton introduced powder metal technology.

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