At Canada Rubber Group (CRG), we are continuing to actively supply rubber parts for vehicle and mass transit applications, including those being sourced for the General Motors (GM)T1XX program. In servicing this program, we bring over 25-years’ experience and expertise to bear in proven and reliable supply against our customers’ needs and requirements.
The T1XX program is the program that GM is using as the automaker redesigns the next model versions of its pickup trucks and SUV’s. The new pickup truck models produced under the T1XX program are expected to launch in late 2018, with the SUV’s launching in the following year.
The T1XX program represents an increasing trend within the automotive industry towards compressed design cycles. GM’s truck platform was last revised in 2013, meaning that the T1XX program represents a five-year cycle between model generations. These accelerated design cycles are requiring suppliers like CRG to be increasingly nimble and adaptive to automaker’s needs.
“With our advanced production capabilities, global supply chain, and tailored support services, CRG is well-positioned to supply rubber and TPV parts for the T1XX program,” said Paul Carey, CRG automotive sales manager. “These strengths allow us to supply high-quality rubber parts for the T1XX program, and indeed the vehicle programs of any major automaker. For over 25-years, leading automakers like General Motors, Ford, FCA Fiat Chrysler, Nissan, Mazda, Honda, Toyota, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Tesla and others have counted on CRG to help meet their rubber parts needs.”
CRG supplies rubber parts for vehicle programs that are made from both traditional and advanced elastomers, sponges and foams, including the following:
Nitrile (NBR) and Hydrogenated Nitrile (HNBR)
Fluoroelastomers, including Viton®
AEM (Ethylene Acrylic Elastomer), including Vamac®
“Today, automakers are requiring parts fabricated from advanced elastomers and other materials that are more reliable, durable, and environmentally friendly than ever before,” says Carey. “With our extensive supply chain, CRG is able to draw on a deep and wide material portfolio to supply almost any program spec or requirement.”
Rubber/TPV parts for the T1XX program, or other vehicle programs, that CRG can supply include the following:
Parts for air induction systems, including grommets and seals.
Seals and stripping for a range of applications, including: body; driveline; engine; steering and suspension; wheel-end; bearing; and doors, windows, hoods and trunks.
Ducts, boots and cuffs. These parts are fabricated from materials that specifically chosen for their resistance to abrasion, solvents, and oils.
Pedal Pads. Available in a wide variety of sizes and configurations, CRG pedal pads are made from high-wear, slip-resistant materials.
Isolators and dampeners. Made from rubber, sponge/foam, felt, cork or other materials, CRG isolators and acoustic dampeners deaden and reduce NVH (noise, vibration and harshness).
Fuel tank cushions. Rubber extrusion strips or die cut pads to prevent unnecessary wear and noise.
Anti-Vibration Pads. CRG anti-vibration pads are designed to resist compression set, aging, and fluids. Pads can be kiss cut and supplied on rolls for ease of installation.
Drain valves. CRG compression molds drain valves to A3 tolerances that provide a high-quality seal and maximum water drainage throughout their life cycle.
CRG supplies rubber grommets of various designs, sizes and shapes to provide protection for vehicle wiring and cabling.
Trim items, including window seals die cut from rubber extrusions.
Blow molded bellows, made from a DuPont engineered thermoplastic
Injection molded plastics – urethanes, nylon, pp, Delrin, etc.
“These are some the parts that we have supplied to vehicle programs, currently or in the past,” says Carey. “Of course, we are always willing to evaluate and quote most part requirements for any vehicle program, should they align with our supply capabilities.”
CRG understands the importance of value-add in the servicing of any vehicle program. To this end, CRG services are specifically tailored to meet the needs of automakers and their vehicle programs.
“The CRG value chain is designed to provide a seamless customer experience while adding value every step of the way,” comments Carey. “Specific value-adding services we offer to our automotive partners include program management, global logistics management, inventory warehouse management to support JIT parts provision, EDI and bar coding, and PPAP documentation and 2D/3D CAD drawing support.”
For new vehicle programs such as T1XX, CRG has extensive experience in prototyping and developing new parts. For example, for the T1XX program, CRG has supplied 13 prototype parts to 4 different Tier 1 companies with positive feedback. In addition to servicing the T1XX program, CRG is fully capable of supplying parts that meet ASTM D2000 line call-outs, as well as the material specifications of all major automakers.
If you are sourcing rubber parts for the T1XX program, or have parts requirement for any vehicle or mass transit application, CRG will be delighted to speak with you.
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