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HALVER, GERMANY- January 24th, 2024 - Märkisches Werk is proud to announce a substantial investment over the next 3 years that will expand the production capacity of our largest valve manufacturing plant in Halver, Germany! This strategic investment will allow us to reduce lead times and increase flexibility to meet growing customer demands, especially for the growing Future Fuels industry. This investment reflects our dedication to delivering exceptional products/services and remaining the global market leader in the manufacturing of cylinder head systems and components.
Sustainable chrome plating at Märkisches Werk GmbH replaces open bath process. High-end chrome plating facility is ready for production.
HALVER, GERMANY - December 11, 2023 -
To our valued customers,
Continuous implementation of highly innovative processes is part of Märkisches Werk’s (MWH) sustainability philosophy. This enables us to improve digitalization and automation, which leads to robust production processes and ensures the highest quality products.
Surface treatment is one of the key production processes of high performance valve train components for less wear and highest corrosion protection. In particular, galvanic hard chrome plating is applied to a wide range of valve spindles for your most demanding applications. Since 1976, our main valve plant in Halver has plated more than 10 million valves using an open bath electrochemical deposition process.
However, conventional chromium plating facilities face increasing health and environmental impacts. Facilities with open baths using chromium trioxide (CrO3) are known emitters of Cr(VI) into the environment. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has formulated strict regulations in the REACH act, which rates CrO3 as “substance of very high concern” (SVHC). In fact, the use of CrO3 containing substances for hard chrome plating is only permitted for authorized users and, to gain authorization beyond 2024, MWH has been participating in the CTACSub2 consortium.
Aiming to provide best quality products at the lowest possible environmental impact, MWH has recently implemented a new chrome plating facility for production of large 4-stroke valve spindles (Figure 1). A smaller scale version of the same technology has been used in the production of valve spindles at our plant in Großbodungen for more than 10 years.
Both facilities are ready for the future:
The unique and patented systems allow chrome plating without the accumulation of wastewater.
The closed loop system for product cleaning and plating results in minimal atmospheric emissions.
During the process, the chromic acid is drawn past the valve by creating a negative pressure. This has the advantage that the chrome liquid flow stops immediately in the event of a leak because the system draws air. In this way, the risk to employees and the impact on the environment is reduced to zero.
Additionally, electrolyte usage is reduced significantly since each valve is plated in individual cells.
The technology also allows for the substitution of Cr(VI) via non-toxic Cr(III) in the future, once this non-toxic compound is ready for commercial use.
The process technology itself, an electrochemical deposition of chrome, remains the same to achieve less wear and highest corrosion protection.
The new facility will completely replace open bath chrome plating, which has been an industry standard since decades. This upgrade is a mandatory step on our path to a sustainable and REACH-conforming future of galvanic surface treatment. The open bath facility will be used for the final time in February 2024. Switching valves over to the new production facility may require minor dimensional adjustments to the chrome plating thickness and/or chrome run-out dimensions. Based on negative pressure applied, there will also be a relatively slight variation in visual appearance of the chrome plating.
For part-specific information, including chrome layer thickness and run-out, please refer to your corresponding MWH manufacturing drawing(s). In case of questions or need for consultation, please feel free to contact your corresponding MW sales manager. We very much appreciate your support during the implementation and thank you for helping to ensure the well-being of our employees and reduce the environmental impact of our business.
SHANGHAI, CHINA- December 8, 2023 - After four years away, it was great to return to Marintec China in Shanghai. We are so grateful to our customers for the time they spent visiting us to discuss their current and future challenges, especially regarding Future Fuels. They know MWH remains "on course" with cylinder head systems and components to meet their demands.
A special thanks to everyone that worked hard to make this a successful event.
HALVER, GERMANY – November 7th, 2023 – Märkisches Werk is the Hidden Champion 2024 in the category of "components and cylinder head systems for large two- and four-stroke engines" and joins the ranks of the unknown world market leaders in Germany who impress with leading technologies and the outstanding quality of their products and services, as chosen by WirtschaftsWoche.
HALVER, GERMANY – November 6th, 2023 – Märkisches Werk GmbH is proud to take part in the Europort exhibition together with our distinguished authorized distributor in the Netherlands, THB Verhoef.
We invite you to visit THB Verhoef’s booth #1313 to meet with our team. We will be available to all our customers over the course of the exhibition and look forward to discussing your engine applications!
HALVER, GERMANY - November 1st, 2023 - Marintec China is returning on 5-8th December 2023 to the Shanghai New International Expo Centre(SNIEC) and Märkisches Werk is once again proud to be taking part as a exhibitor.
Launched over 40 years ago, Marintec China has become renowned as the most authoritative B2B platform for the International Maritime Industry. Organized in conjunction with the Shanghai Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers (SSNAME), Marintec China is set far apart from other platforms in connecting businesses and distilling insight for Asia's maritime industry.
We look forward to seeing you at our booth N2B3A-01 in the German Pavilion!
HALVER, GERMANY - June 19th, 2023 - As CIMAC 2023 in Busan, South Korea has now come to an end, we would like to take the opportunity to thank all participants who shared their inspiring work towards decarbonization, digitalization and sustainability in the large engine industry.
The discussions were truly inspiring but the urgency to meet the climate targets of 2030 and beyond has never been clearer. We are honored to be part of a community that is actively seeking innovative solutions.
MWH remains committed to do our part by providing our customers with the future fuels -ready valvetrain solutions needed to achieve our collective zero GHG emissions targets.
Märkisches Werk GmbH Announces Closure of MW Singapore Workshop
Märkisches Werk GmbH Announces Closure of MW Singapore Workshop
HALVER – February 9th, 2023 – Märkisches Werk offers reconditioning of cylinder heads at our main site in Halver as well as at our workshop in Singapore (MWS). Due to various reasons, the volume of business at MWS has dropped over time. Unfortunately, we reached a level that does not justify maintaining the workshop in Singapore anymore. Therefore, we decided to close MWS effective March 31st, 2023. We would like to thank all customers who have entrusted us with their cylinder heads for reconditioning in recent years. Our sincerest thanks go also to our dedicated and loyal team at MWS.
Reconditioning continues to be an important part of our offering to the market. Cylinder head overhaul and repair allow us to study component wear during operation. This experience, combined with our R&D activities, enable us to improve components and develop new solutions.
We will continue to offer cylinder head reconditioning and repair at our main site in Halver and are in the process of extending our range of services, for example, by introducing new coating technologies and repair solutions.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
Halver, Germany 01. December 2022 – Märkisches Werk has set itself goals for climate neutrality. We want to do our part to help address the world's greatest challenges.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted by the member states of the United Nations in 2015. They set out a roadmap for transforming the world in terms of sustainable development of the environment, society and the economy by 2030. The SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) also provide a framework for us as a company to contribute to a positive future for the world. The SDGs are reflected in our corporate values and guidelines as well as strategies and measures.
We see ourselves as part of society that is committed to sustainable action. We understand sustainable action as an interlocking of economy, ecology and society: We want to leave future generations a living space that enables healthy living and at the same time pass on a well-ordered company to the next generation.
Reducing emissions, particularly CO₂ emissions, is particularly important to us. We already support our customers by researching and developing technical solutions to upgrade our products for use in large engines when using sustainably produced fuels such as hydrogen, methanol and ammonia (see e.g. news article from January 28th, 2021).
Furthermore, we also have to consider the CO₂ emissions that occur during the manufacture of our products. By reducing and offsetting our own CO₂ footprint, we will make our contribution to climate protection. For this purpose, we collect our CO₂ balance and have set ourselves goals for climate neutrality, based on scopes 1, 2 and 3 ("cradle-to-gate" approach):
7th Rostock Large Engine Symposium / Long-Term Field Study Valve Wear
ROSTOCK, GERMANY – September 16th, 2022 – Colleagues from our distinguished R&D department took part in the 7th RGMT - Rostock Large Engine Symposium and presented the results of our long-term field study on valve seat wear in lean-burn gas engines.
The results reveal that the material, geometry, manufacturing process and load collective are key factors to mitigate the risk of severe valve wear. The field study demonstrates that a valve recession rate below 10 nm/hr on a large-bore gas engine is possible, thus enabling a valve lifetime of minimum 32,000 running hours.
We thank Mr. Hajime Suzuki from Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engines & Turbocharge, Ltd. for his contributions as well.
GROSSBODUNGEN, GERMANY – 12. September 2022 - Märkisches Werk offers talented production employees at our Großbodungen facilities the opportunity to play in the international racing circuit and large engine industry.
A web campaign with Recruiti was launched on September 12th. These advertisements draw attention to job vacancies at MW Großbodungen on Facebook.
We look forward to meeting new candidates who are interested in joining and becoming part of our talented team.