Dana launches first eco-friendly cylinder head cover
Dana Holding Corporation is supplying cylinder head covers
made of recycled material on Ford Motor Company’s 3.0-liter
Duratec engine, used in the 2010 Fusion and Escape vehicles
–providing significant cost and environmental benefits.
Manufactured using EcoLon® nylon, the cover is the first
automotive product of its kind manufactured from post-consumer
recycled nylon. Dana partnered with Wellman Engineering
Resins, a compounder and supplier of high-quality nylon
resins – to test, develop, and supply the material.
To repurpose nylon, Wellman grinds used nylon carpeting
into fiber and recaptures the material through a proprietary
process. The resulting product is a high-quality nylon
resin, which Dana then uses to mold into cylinder-head
covers through its injection-molding process.
The covers provide greater fuel economy due to weight
savings of nearly 20 percent when compared with aluminum
die-cast cylinder head covers.
Dana developed and is manufacturing the cylinder head
covers at its Composite Sealing Center in Paris, Tennessee.