Dana announces new technology breakthrough at Hannover FairWritten by Sarah Ottney | Editor in Chief | firstname.lastname@example.org
Maumee-based Dana Holding Corporation announced April 8 that it is one of the first companies in the world to launch serial production of metallic bipolar plates, what the company calls “a critical component for enhancing the performance of fuel-cell powered engines.”
The news was announced at the Hannover Messe in Hannover, Germany, one of the largest industrial trade fairs in the world. Dana is at the fair, which runs through April 12, showcasing its fuel cell technologies to visitors from around the world.
Toledo Mayor Mike Bell and others will visit the fair April 11-12 and plan to meet with Brian Cheadle, director of advanced technologies business development for Dana, to hear more about the company’s fuel-cell technologies.
Dana’s announcement is important for the Toledo region, even though production of the new technology is happening outside the United States, said D. Paul Zito, vice president of international development with the Regional Growth Partnership.
“My feeling, and most would agree, is that whatever benefits Dana anywhere in the world will have a benefit for the Toledo area,” said Zito, who will also visit the fair.
Others in the group from Toledo includes Deputy Mayor of External Affairs/Economic Development Paul Syring, Finance Director Patrick McLean, Public Information Officer Jen Sorgenfrei, Attorney Tim Greenwood, Associate Director of the University of Toledo’s Undergraduate Admission Mark Schroeder, Executive Director of Toledo Sister Cities International Susan Miko and private individual Christine Luttmann.
Bipolar plates are responsible for distributing the fuel, air and coolant liquid to each of the catalyst-coated membrane cells, according to a news release.
To manufacture the new plates, Dana established a fully integrated production process that combines precision high-speed stamping, laser welding and in-line conductive coating technologies to cost-effectively manufacture a high volume of plates at its facility in Neu-Ulm, Germany, according to the release.
“Dana has combined its deep knowledge of sealing technology with its manufacturing expertise to bring this comprehensive fuel-cell innovation to market,” said Dwayne Matthews, president of Dana’s Power Technologies Group, in the release. “We are able to offer our customers a completely integrated solution, including the plate, sealing, and coating, enabling us to deliver a cost-competitive product that achieves the highest levels of efficiency.”
Dana employs more than 23,000 people in 26 countries and reported 2012 sales of $7.2 billion, according to the release.
For more information, visit www.dana.com.