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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

EPMB selected by Proton to improve Campro engine

EP Manufacturing Bhd (EPMB), in collaboration with its technology partner Bosch, has been awarded a letter of intent by Proton Holdings Bhd to develop and supply an improved Intake Air-Fuel Module (IAFM) to help boost the performance of Proton’s present range of Campro engines.

In a statement on Oct 9, EPMB said the development of the IAFM started some 12 months ago, involving intensive design and engineering activities between EPMB and Robert Bosch of Germany with their respective engineers spanning Malaysia, Germany, Australia and South Korea.

It said the module would substantially improve the efficiency of air intake into the engine combustion chamber, increase the torque output and smoothen power delivery.

“Prototypes were made, tested engine test benches, and the optimum version was fitted into various Proton models, and tested on actual road condition driving.

“Finally Proton unanimously adopted this solution from EPMB and Robert Bosch,” it said, adding that the IAFM development is now at its advanced tooling stage.

EPMB executive chairman Hamidon Abdullah said: “This IAFM is one of the results of EPMB’s strategic decision several years ago to invest heavily in its R&D and infrastructure in order to acquire steady future growth in technology, knowledge and human resources.”

Meanwhile, EPMB expects a lower turnover this year, if not match last year’s amount of RM330 million, due to the soft local market conditions, while its export has only just begun to gather momentum.

EPMB operates two plants in Selangor, with a workforce of 1,500.


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