MAGNETI MARELLI BUSINESS LINES PROFILE
Magneti Marelli Electronic Systems
Magneti Marelli Electronic Systems is the division based in Corbetta (Milan, Italy), which deals with automotive electronics. It has 6 production sites, 3 research centres and 5 application centres in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Brazil, Mexico and China. It currently operates in three areas: instrument clusters, body electronics and telematics.
The traditional business of this division, the instrument cluster provides drivers with information such as speed, revs, fuel level and water temperature.
Magneti Marelli Electronic Systems develops and manufactures instrument panels with integrated monochromatic displays (dot matrix), or the increasingly common colour display. It also manufactures more complex, fully reconfigurable clusters which can perform gateway functions.
The body electronics division develops and manufactures electronic units with the following functions: fuel control and distribution, external lighting control, immobiliser, RF remote control, wiper arm control, tyre pressure monitoring, window lift control with antipinch function.
The division has also gained expertise in the field of onboard systems, defining and validating functional characteristics (message maps).
Telematics and navigation
Magneti Marelli Electronic Systems supplies telematic components to the Fiat Group (Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Maserati) and PSA (Peugeot and CitroŽn).
To offer a modular, complete range of infotelematic products, Magneti Marelli Electronic Systems has decided to develop four different types of product: the high-end infotelematics platform, the radio navigator, portable navigation device (EasyRoad) and telematic boxes.
The new high-end infotelematic system is a device which combines entertainment, navigation, telematics and telephony. It is a natural evolution of the current high-end telematic platform and its performance has now been enhanced even further with the use of a 30 GB hard disk (used to store music and maps covering the whole of Europe), a 3D graphic processor and solutions which have further improved the system’s audio performance.
The radio navigator, on the other hand, has been designed to offer an original equipment system which is cost-competitive with portable devices. The special feature of this product is the use of bluetooth (instead of the integrated telephone module) to connect the user’s cell phone and the SD reader.
Magneti Marelli’s experience in electronics and infotelematics for the automotive industry has led to the development of EasyRoad, a portable navigator with a 3.5” colour display and 20-channel GPS Sirf Star III receiver. It is easy to use (maps are loaded via a 512MB SD memory card) and has multimedia functions. This not only enables satellite navigation but you can also view film clips, photos and pictures, and listen to music.
To complete the range, “telematic boxes” are currently being developed. These are highly integrated, low-cost systems for entertainment and satnav applications such as Blue&Me/Blue&Me Nav, and safety (E-call box, a device that automatically makes an emergency call if the vehicle crashes or turns over).
Magneti Marelli Automotive Lighting
The Automotive Lighting (AL) division was formed in 1999, from a 50-50 joint venture which merged the lighting technology divisions of Robert Bosch GmbH and Magneti Marelli Spa.
After having incorporated the Seima Group (a leading manufacturer of rear lights) in 2001, the Automotive Lighting division also took over Robert Bosch’s shareholding in 2003, becoming the sole owner.
Automotive Lighting concentrates on research, development, production and sale of the complete range of technologies for front and rear lighting, fog lights, front headlight wiper systems, level adjustment systems, electronic components and stoplights fitted to the top of the rear hatch.
Customer focus and global presence are the key factors in the success of Magneti Marelli Automotive Lighting’s global operations: over 10,000 employees work at 20 different sites worldwide. In Europe, the R&D centres concentrate on innovations in front and rear lighting, and are located at Reutlingen, Germany, and Tolmezzo (UD) in Italy. There are also local R&D centres distributed over three continents, who work in close contact with customers.
Headlights and rear lamps are becoming increasingly important as far as safety is concerned, and also for design and the way the car looks. Headlights and rear lamps are important in defining the image and identity of a particular model, both during the day and at night: this is why the styling departments at Automotive Lighting work closely with their counterparts at the car manufacturers.
Magneti Marelli Automotive Lighting was the first to launch Xenon, in 1991, taking front lighting to a new dimension.
In 2003, AL equipped its first car with the dynamic curve light, one step towards the Adaptive Frontlighting System, AFS.
In 2005, the world’s first-ever front headlight with an active infra-red module was sold. 2006 saw the launch of the first complete AFS headlight which adapts to changing road and weather conditions.
A subsequent innovation was the introduction of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) in front and rear lights. These offer new styling possibilities as well as cutting down on energy consumption.
In 2005, AL began mass producing the first rear light based on LED technology.
In 2007 Automotive Lighting presented the world's first Full-LED headlamp in series production. It will be supplied to Audi R8. The Audi R8 is the first vehicle in which all lighting functions of the headlamp are realized with LED technology: low beam, high beam, turn signal, daytime running light and position light. With this development Magneti Marelli AL once again emphasizes its innovative leadership in lighting technology and provides a preview of the central topics of the future: design, technology and energy consumption.
Magneti Marelli Powertrain
Magneti Marelli Powertrain is the division which produces engine components for cars, motorbikes and light vehicles.
The headquarters of Powertrain is in Bologna, at the historic premises on Via del Timavo, where Weber carburettors were produced as early as 1920. The 14 applied research centres and 8 production sites are spread over 4 continents: in Europe (France, Italy and Germany), the USA, (Farmington Hills and Sanford), Brazil (Hortolandia) and China (Shangai and Wuhu).
The most important part of the product range is engine control systems for gasoline and diesel engines.
Magneti Marelli Powertrain produces both hardware components, the electronic control units that pilot the engine, and their sophisticated software.
The systems supplied to car manufacturers also include certain parts which are crucial for engine performance and emissions: injectors, air-gasoline and air-diesel manifolds, throttle bodies.
Magneti Marelli Powertrain is the world leader in certain key areas regarding the environmental impact of automotive technology, such as gasoline direct injection (GDI) and Flexfuel technology.
Launched in 2003 in Brazil, under the name of Flexfuel SFS, this technology allows the car to use ethanol, the plant-based fuel, produced and used in great quantities in Brazil, and gasoline, in variable proportions from 0 to 100%. In 2007, all new cars in Brazil will run on Flexfuel technology, while in Brazil Magneti Marelli is the leader of this market with a share of 58%.
Magneti Marelli has also developed Flexfuel technology with the TetraFuel system, which allows a car’s engine to run on four different types of fuel (gasoline, gasolina – a blend of petrol and 22% ethanol – pure ethanol or compressed natural gas), thanks to the use of a special microprocessor in the engine control unit.
The transmissions line deals with automatic gearboxes, i.e. automation mechanisms for manual gearboxes which originated in Formula 1, combining driver comfort with reduced consumption.
Apart from applications on many vehicles with a small to medium engine capacity, versions of the automatic Selespeed gearbox have been installed on several supercars such as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Aston Martin.
The customers of Magneti Marelli Powertrain include all the main car manufacturers in Europe and America. The company is the market leader in Brazil. Its customers also include emerging Chinese and Indian companies such as Chery, Suzuki-Maruti, and Tata. Some of the motorbike manufacturers who rely on Magneti Marelli Powertrain are Piaggio, Ducati, and Harley Davidson.
Magneti Marelli Suspension Systems
The Suspension Systems Business Line designs and manufactures vehicle suspension modules and components. The division is based in Turin, with branches in Poland, Brazil and the USA as well as Italy.
It is divided into three product lines: suspensions, shock absorbers and SDC (electronically controlled shock absorbers).
The suspensions line covers products which range from individual components (control arms, cross members, axles, knuckles, brake discs and drums) to assemblies (wheel groups, semicorners). A structured design and testing department can meet all our customers’ technical demands, and parts can be developed according to specifications, or improvements can be made on existing drawings.
Mastery of the major technological processes in the car industry, and careful management of suppliers and partners, allows the Business Line to produce suspension components in a very wide range of materials, and control their quality and performance.
Innovative products include new suspension concepts such as F.L.E.C.S (Flexible Link, Elevated Compliance Suspension) and T.O.R.C.S (Torsion Rod Compliant Suspension). Simple to calibrate and with optimal kinetic performance, these systems are real alternatives to the traditional solutions used by car makers.
The shock absorbers product line includes the two main groups of “structural” shock absorbers (essentially for McPherson suspensions) and “conventional” shock absorbers (for all the rest), as well as the niche market for gas springs.
The recently-formed SDC product line (SDC stands for Synaptic Damping Control) is based on the concept of developing an electronically-controlled shock absorption system with an electrovalve that adapts in real time to the passage of damping fluid, thus adjusting the response in accordance with various parameters (including those from the relevant sensors).
This produces a real improvement in the vehicle’s dynamic performance, by reducing the compromise between suspensions designed more to provide comfort than “sporty” driving.
Magneti Marelli Exhaust Systems
This division of Magneti Marelli develops and produces exhaust systems for cars and motor vehicles using high quality, high performance technologies.
The division comprises seven production sites, of which three are in Europe (Italy, Spain and Poland), one in South Africa, two in South America (Brazil and Argentina) and one in Asia (China). All the sites have one production plant, and four have their own R&D centres (Italy, Spain, Brazil and China).
An exhaust system has two purposes: on the one hand it reduces the pollutants contained in exhaust gases (by means of catalytic converters), and on the other, it reduces noise (by means of the silencing system).
Pollutants are reduced by designing catalytic converters able to comply with the increasingly stringent laws, and carrying out the necessary adaptations to incorporate them into the exhaust system.
In Europe, emissions are currently regulated by the Euro 4 specifications, introduced in 2005-2006. The more stringent Euro 5 specifications will come into force in 2009. The products which comply with these regulations are some of the most innovative on the market.
For example, for diesel engines there are anti-particle filters in the engine compartment (compact system), while in the future, the diesel exhaust system will be further enhanced by other NOx reduction systems such as the SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction converter with the additive Ad blue).
As far as noise reduction is concerned, Magneti Marelli produces a wide range of silencers manufactured using different technologies which vary according to customers’ requirements.
Innovative solutions are also being studied for both the “hot” and “cold” parts of the exhaust system. These include new technical solutions and new production technologies to improve quality, reduce weight and cut costs.
Magneti Marelli MotorSport
Magneti Marelli’s Motorsport Department is involved with the design, manufacture and technical sales support for a complete range of parts, hardware and software products for racing applications and motor racing championships. The division is based in Corbetta (MI), with plants at Venaria (TO) and Bologna, and application centres in France, the UK, USA, Brazil and Japan.
This highly qualified department which comprises a team of over 100 specialised engineers and technicians, enables Magneti Marelli to partner the top teams in Formula 1, WRC, MotoGP, Superbike, GP2, FIA GT and other championships.
For these competitions, Magneti Marelli develops and produces specific electronic and electro-mechanical components, in particular for engine control and data acquisition.
It also provides displays, telemetry systems, alternators, voltage regulators, ignition coils, sensors, injectors, pressure regulators, fuel pumps and software applications.
Magneti Marelli’s involvement with motor racing (which dates back to 1919) is connected to the great impulse which Magneti Marelli has always devoted to innovation – of which motor racing is the perfect exponent.
Magneti Marelli After Market Parts and Services
After the go-ahead by the Anti-trust Authority, in May of 2007 Magneti Marelli officially reacquired control of the activities tied to the distribution of automotive spare parts to the independent market.
As a matter of fact, an agreement was reached with RGZ Finanziaria for the acquisition of the majority stake of Concordia Finance - the company that controlled the network of Magneti Marelli workshops in Italy and abroad – bringing Magneti Marelli’s participation to a total of 80%.
Magneti Marelli’s new aftermarket division, called “After Market Parts and Services”, numbers approximately 500 employees, and features 8 locations in Europe (Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Greece and 3 in Italy) and 2 in South America (Brazil and Argentina), 82 countries with a sales presence and a turnover that settled around 240 million Euros in 2006, and which for Magneti Marelli will entail, at the consolidated level, an increase in turnover of about 150 million Euros.
Magneti Marelli Aftermarket Parts and Services distributes spare parts, automotive components and know-how to workshops through a network of spare parts dealers on the independent market. It also supplies products and assistance services to motorists through the affiliated network of workshops located throughout the territory.
Magneti Marelli Aftermarket Parts and Services operates on the repair market under the trademark of Magneti Marelli Checkstar Service Network. Today, the Magneti Marelli Checkstar assistance and service network features approximately 2,000 workshops in Italy and, by the year 2007,
Webber Carbs for the Racing Enthusiast
Over the years, Weber, an Italian company owned by Magneti Marelli Powertrain S.P.A, has been producing top-of-the line carburetors for street and off-road racing since 1920. These carburetors are used to revolutionize the use of two differently-sized venturis that generate a double stage barrel carburetor as part of Fiat’s conversion equipment. The large venturis is designed particularly for high speed running while the smaller one for low speed. This marked the name of Weber in carburetor manufacturing and the production of diverse high performance Webber carbs.
In 1930, shortly after the Fiat’s conversion kit has been created, Weber started producing two equal-sized barrels as motor racing carburetor. Each cylinder has its own carburetor barrel as found in racing cars like Alfa Romeo and Maserati. In 1938, Alfa Romeo 8c racing vehicles made use of twin up draught superchargers for competitions, and Weber since then, has been popular to elite enthusiasts. It has also been used in standard cars, such as BMW, Ford, Porsche, Volkswagen and Lamborghini.
Webber carbs come in different models, including DGV, IDF, ADHA, DHSA, ICT, and DCOE. Among the Webber DGV series, the 28/30 DGV is the most flexible down draught. It features easy installation, superb fuel economy, low initial cost and adaptability and performance that make a good replacement for European, American and Japanese made cars. The one used for Harley Davidson is the P/N or Mikuni TM-45-6. This carburetor can substitute carbs in Triumph, Rover, Datsun, MG, and Jaguar. The Weber IDF series, however, has been a top pick for two barrel downdraft carb, with its compact body made of alloy, float chambers, capability for full calibration in varying sizes. This highlights ball bearing throttle shaft and accelerator pump circuits in diaphragm style such that when worked with an adapter, it can replace Solex 40 car on Porsches.
Webber carburetor is marketed as a complete conversion kit which features intake manifold, air filter, throttle linkage and the full carburetor assembly. It has basically everything you need for your hardware installation of Weber in your cars. Weber has maintained its integrity in classic racing even though fuel injection has been used in both motor racing and production cars these days and has been an excellent substitute for inefficient OEM carburetors.
Webber carbs are largely distributed by different organizations, including Worldpac and Interco Products Corporation, in North America. It is time now to rev up your car engine.
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