WINNER: Bearing and polymer know-how
Southfield , MI
2020 - PACE Award Winner
Innovation: IROX2 bearing coating
First customer: Volkswagen/Audi
In the quest for a smaller carbon footprint, engine makers are introducing smaller-displacement, higher-density engines that use lighter engine components, thinner oil, turbocharging, supercharging and stop-start technologies. All of these advances have extended the viability of the internal combustion engine — but each takes a toll on the life of engine bearings.
Tenneco merged its expertise in bearings and polymers to create a polymer engine bearing coating, marketed as IROX 2, that improves crankshaft performance in bearing wear and conformity.
The coating can be applied universally across both gasoline and diesel engine designs.