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San Antonio — Jan. 9, 2012 — Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®) has signed an agreement to join Weichai's International Technology Innovation Alliance for Internal Combustion Engine Reliability, organized by Weichai Power Co. Ltd., of China.
The alliance will serve as a communications platform on innovative technology to improve engine reliability and related research and development capabilities.
"Joining the alliance is a great opportunity to expand our presence in China with one of the largest engine manufacturers in the country," said Bruce Bykowski, vice president of SwRI's Engine, Emissions and Vehicle Research Division. "Engine and vehicle development in China is growing at a rapid pace. This alliance should help Weichai address issues in engine development to better serve their market needs."
Weichai's main product line comprises 10- and 12-liter heavy-duty engines. Weichai also has divisions that make truck transmissions and heavy duty-trucks. To fuel international expansion plans, the company is currently building a technology center near Chicago.
SwRI uses a multidisciplinary approach to engine design and development. It conducts research and development in areas including combustion, engines, emissions, transmissions and vehicles. It is internationally known for its fuels and lubricants activities, including components and fluids for on-road, off-road, rail and water-borne transportation systems as well as recreational vehicles and stationary power equipment.