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Hengst to produce oil filter module for new Chrysler engine

Posted: July 26, 2011 1:19 p.m.
Updated: July 27, 2011 5:00 a.m.
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Employees at Hengst of North America Inc. in Camden will manufacture compact oil filter modules developed for Chrysler’s new Pentastar V6 engine. Only the fully combustible oil filter insert is replaced during service while the complete module is mounted to the engine for its full life time.

Hengst of North America Inc.’s Camden facility, working with Chrysler Group LLC, has developed a special compact oil filter module for Chrysler’s new Pentastar V6 engine, a part of Chrysler’s goal of boosting fuel efficiency by 25 percent by 2014.

As a Tier 1 supplier, Hengst developed a compact oil filter module made of polyamide plastic. Only the fully combustible filter insert is replaced during service while the complete module is mounted to the engine for its full life time. The 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee is the first vehicle to receive the Pentastar 3.6 L V6 engine, which will replace the seven previous V6 engine versions in 11 Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles.

“We are pleased about the opportunity to assist Chrysler in developing a compact, integrated lightweight oil module to help them meet their design and manufacturing goals. To fulfill the challenging requirements we worked in close collaboration with our testing and development labs in Germany and several key suppliers,” said Robert Junker, CEO of Hengst of North America Inc.

Hengst, a part of the global Hengst Group with headquarters in Muenster, Germany, has been manufacturing in Camden since 2005. The facility has 250 employees with a separate product development office in Detroit.

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