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Dana, Bosch Rexroth to develop off-highway transmissions

ABR Staff Writer Published 07 October 2011

Dana Holding and Bosch Rexroth have completed their 50-50 joint venture (JV) to develop and manufacture new powersplit drive transmissions for the off-highway equipment market.

The joint venture, Dana Rexroth Transmission Systems, will produce an hydromechanical variable transmission (HVT) series targeted at the construction, material handling and forestry markets with initial focus on wheel loaders and graders up to 360hp (270kW).

The two companies said that the development of HVT will play an important role in improving fuel economy, productivity, emissions reductions, and vehicle manoeuvrability in the future.

Dana chief technical officer George Constand said this is a combination of two respected suppliers to the global off-highway equipment market.

"Dana's expertise in drivetrain system engineering and manufacturing and Bosch Rexroth's deep experience in hydraulics and control systems will enable this enterprise to deliver a unique combination of advanced transmission solutions," Constand said.

Bosch Rexroth president of business unit mobile applications Reiner Leipold-Buettner said the intelligent interaction of hydraulics and mechanics will be the driving factor for future innovation in drive transmissions.

"Only those with the best know-how in both fields will master these sophisticated market demands. Dana and Bosch Rexroth ideally combine both fields," Leipold-Buettner said.