Quaife Invests €4M in New Flexible Manufacturing Facility

Specialist driveline engineering company Quaife has invested more than £3.5 million (€4 million) in a new flexible manufacturing facility, in order to get the international quality standard TS16949 and support the company’s drive into OEM low volume markets. Quaife’s technologies include gearboxes, steering systems and the Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing limited slip differential.

“Our latest investments in computer-controlled manufacturing systems allow us to produce gearboxes and differentials in volumes from a few hundred up to 50,000 per year, as well as a wide range of other specialist steering and transmission components,” says technical director Michael Quaife.

The company already holds ISO9001 and supplies a number of vehicle manufacturers including Ford for the RS Focus model, General Motors and Chrysler, for the Dodge Viper model. The new facility, which spreads over 23,000 square feet and is located in Gillingham (UK), has been optimized for producing high performance driveline systems for niche-vehicle programs.

The first project to be developed at the new facility is to supply the Quaife Automatic Torque Biasing Differential (ATB) for the new Ford Focus RS, which uses the system to help put 300 bhp through the front wheels with almost zero torque steer. However, similar projects are to be implemented soon for worldwide customers.

“Lots of companies can make five prototypes or five million production parts, but very few can meet the most demanding quality requirements of the OEMs while producing intermediate volumes at economic prices. With the growing importance of niche vehicle programs, it’s an area where Quaife’s expertise provides a very useful complement to a vehicle manufacture’s existing supplier relationships,” added Quaife.
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