Powertrain Fluid Control

Pumps and Valves for Coolant and Lubricating Fluids

The dynamic changes within the vehicle powertrain and supporting systems have led to integral automotive innovations. In 2016, six of the 28 Automotive News Pace Award finalists were directly involved in fluid control. These automotive powertrain hydraulic system pumps and valves are critical for conventional and electrified vehicles. Oil and coolant circuits are being stratified to provide more precise control of flow, pressure, and temperature.

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In order to analyze and investigate these market changes, The ITB Group released its report, “Evolution Versus Revolution in Powertrain Fluid Control” in May 2016. This 538 page report delivers an evaluation of market and technical developments in pumps and values for coolant and lubricating fluids. It also addresses the complexities and implications of regulatory cycles, credits, and real-world emissions driving powertrain fluid changes. Fluid control is integral to improving efficiency, reducing powertrain warm-up time, and enabling new technologies (e.g. coasting/sailing and heat recovery). Opportunities as well as technical and organizational barriers associated with these technology shifts are explored with key deliverables which include:

  • The value of 32 powertrain fluid pump and valve solutions
  • Market volume of 28 applications for 2016 and 2020
  • Technology segment growth rates (5% to 32%)
  • Patent application assessment highlighting who is innovating and where
  • Partnership, merger, and acquisition trends
  • Supply chain review of over 100 pumps and valves

During its primary research for the 2016 report, ITB spoke with system and component development experts at light vehicle OEMs and tier and material suppliers. A strong emphasis was placed on evaluating technologies that are in various phases of market introduction, ranging from development through broad scale commercialization. Additionally, the value of these technologies and system components were evaluated and compared according to their hurdle rates in cost per percent CO2 reduction.

An ITB Director can provide an on-site presentation of the Executive Summary. If interested in a presentation or the website portal, please contact The ITB Group directly.

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