Metaldyne, an Asahi Tec company, has been awarded more than $50 million in contracts from multiple automakers to supply powder-metal forged connecting rods for 4- and 6-cylinder engines used globally in 2009 and 2010 cars, crossover vehicles and minivans. The contracts include an order from an Asia-based automaker to supply machined connecting-rod assemblies. The programs will launch in Asia, Europe and North America.

According to Metaldyne, its powder-metal forged connecting-rod technology and materials improve product strength, mass and NVH characteristics while contributing to improved fuel efficiency. Designed to maximize strength and durability in both gasoline and diesel engine applications, connecting rods are the link to transmit force from the piston to the crankshaft in reciprocating engines.