Metaldyne announced today it has been awarded a contract from an Asian automaker to supply integrated balance shaft/oil pump modules. The program, valued at approximately $40 million annually, will launch in 2008 to produce balance shaft/oil pump modules for diesel engines that power passenger cars and SUVs. The Metaldyne module is designed with proprietary gear, shaft and oil pump technologies to create a smoother driving experience. The unique gear technology meshes with the crankshaft gear to eliminate unwanted noise. The oil pump is integrated into the module to provide lubrication to the entire engine, offering additional noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) benefits. T he housing architecture reduces the size of the module, minimizing packaging space claim and improving power consumption. By incorporating the oil pump into the balance shaft module, Metaldyne helps the customer meet future emission requirements. “This new business award demonstrates Metaldyne’s commitment to bring innovative system solutions to our customers,” said Tom Chambers, president and chief operating officer. “We’ve integrated several of our patented technologies to give our customer a better product and a competitive advantage in the marketplace.” The integrated balance shaft/oil pump modules will be produced at Metaldyne’s facility in Pyeongtaek, Korea. Metaldyne is a designer and supplier of metal-based components, assemblies and modules for transportation-related power train and chassis applications including engine, transmission/transfer case, wheel-end and suspension, axle and driveline, and noise and vibration control products to the motor vehicle industry. Headquartered in Plymouth, Mich., Metaldyne has annual revenues of approximately $2 billion. The company employs more than 6,500 employees at 38 facilities in 14 countries.