Craig Cheney, vice president of business development for Rayconnect, said the evolution of automotive powertrains is opening new product fields for the company. Those include connectors that transport fluid used to cool EV battery modules.
Rayconnect also makes connectors that transport diesel exhaust fluid, or urea, to the exhaust system, where it is injected to reduce oxides of nitrogen emissions. Those fluid systems have heating elements, because the diesel exhaust fluid freezes.
Rayconnect makes both types of connectors at its expanded Rochester Hills plant. The division makes about 400 million fluid connectors a year at factories around the world, Cheney said.
"We're basically on every vehicle made around the globe," Cheney said.
ARaymond's other principal division -- A. Raymond Tinnerman Automotive -- makes vehicle fasteners and clips.
The company makes about 15 billion fasteners and clips annually including about 7 billion in North America, according to Jim Head, director of business development at A. Raymond Tinnerman.
The company's fittings are found "bumper to bumper, tires to roof rack and everything in between that requires an attachment solution," said Head. Those include interior and exterior trim, seating, powertrain, door trim, instrument panels, front and rear fascias and seats.
The push for greater fuel economy and the rise of diverse new materials such as aluminum, carbon fiber, plastics and engineered resins, have driven the company to find new joining methods, he said.
"Lightweighting is a big challenge. Dissimilar materials coming into the industry is a big challenge," said Head.