SUBARU EXPANDS PRODUCT LINE
Mar. 14, 2016
Source: Subaru Industrial Power Products press release
Lake Zurich, Illinois - Subaru Industrial Power Products expands its market reach by offering customers a series of hydrostatic and mechanical axles. The axles fit on a range of small equipment such as utility vehicles, golf cars, walk-behind machines, turf equipment and mini-crawlers. Original equipment manufacturers can incorporate the axles with Subaru's line of gas-powered engines for a complete powertrain. Subaru Axle
"Subaru has always been a leader in technology and innovation. We brought the automotive technology of overhead cam to the small engine market and revolutionized engine designs," said David Frank, Subaru vice president of sales and marketing. "This is one more area where we can share the technology and expertise of our sister division, Fuji Machinery, to bring substantial benefits to the equipment market."
Fuji Machinery supplies Subaru automotive the transmission for the STI Sports car, as well as many components. Customers recognized Fuji Machinery's capabilities to cut their own gears, and several OEMs inquired Subaru about their ability to manufacture axles.
Subaru responded by introducing a line of axles that include nine models that feature heavy-duty construction, forged gears, brass synchronizers and built-in parking brakes or wheel brakes. The first axles were sold to manufacturers in the motorcycle, golf car and all-terrain vehicle and utility-task vehicle industries. Several axle models include bevel pinion gear type differentials, and two of the axles are designed for use with electric drive systems.
Subaru expects to diversify into other gasoline-engine driven applications in outdoor power, concrete and light construction industries that benefit from adding axles.
"In the future we want to offer customers a full Subaru powertrain. This gives us the ability to meet customer demand and the versatility to move into more applications," Frank said.
About Subaru Industrial Power Products
Subaru Industrial Power Products is a subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., Tokyo. Fuji Heavy Industries is a diversified global manufacturer of Subaru automobiles, aircraft, industrial engines and equipment. Subaru Industrial Power Products is responsible for sales and support of Subaru industrial engines and power products in North America.