Orbital and Sundiro Motorcycle Sign Direct Fuel Injection Agreement
21 October 1998Orbital and Sundiro Motorcycle Sign Direct Fuel Injection Agreement For Two-Stroke Engines
SHANGHAI, People's Republic of China, Oct. 21 -- Orbital Engine Corporation and China Hainan Sundiro Motorcycle Co Ltd (Sundiro) today announced they have entered into an agreement to use Orbital's computer-controlled direct fuel injection on conventional two-stroke engines. Sundiro motorcycles equipped with Orbital's technology have demonstrated significant reductions in emissions and improved fuel economy and this collaboration is intended to enable the widespread and rapid introduction of this technology in China which has the largest and most rapidly growing motorcycle market in the world. "Our collaboration with Sundiro is further evidence of the growing opportunities we see for the application of Orbital's patented combustion process (OCP) to motorcycles and other vehicles in Asian nations. Our direct fuel injection technology applied to two-stroke engines provides a dramatic change for the customer who sees reduced smoke, enhanced driveability and significantly improved emissions and fuel economy," said Kim Schlunke, Chief Executive Officer. "This agreement is also the product of global trends toward increasing the quality of life and shielding our planet's environment from damages caused by mobile emissions such as from motorcycles and automobiles." Sundiro is one of China's largest motorcycle manufacturers. It made 553,000 motorcycles in 1997, a 57% growth compared to 1996. It expects to make over 600,000 motorcycles in 1998. Orbital has been working with Sundiro for more than two years on improving internal combustion engine emissions. This agreement defines licence and royalty terms, and how the partners will continue their close cooperation to apply Orbital's OCP technology on Sundiro's products. Volume production is scheduled to start in the first half of the year 2000. The applied technology will use computer-controlled direct fuel injection on conventional two stroke engines to reduce emissions, enhance fuel economy and improve certain performance characteristics. Both companies have achieved their targets on prototype scooters with test results showing that the emissions can be reduced by 90% and fuel consumption lowered by more than 30% with other major performance specifications either further improved or remaining the same.