Tupy orders SinterCast process control system for high volume CGI production in Mexico

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 With planned mature volume of more than 300,000 cylinder blocks per year, and
 production start in 2013, Tupy has secured the largest ever CGI cylinder block
                                     order

[Joinville, Saltillo and Stockholm, 29 October 2012] - Tupy, the world's largest
cast iron cylinder block and head foundry group, has received an order for a new
high  volume Compacted  Graphite Iron  passenger vehicle  cylinder block,  to be
produced at its North American base in Saltillo, Mexico.  Following the start of
production  in 2013, the order calls for a ramp-up to more than 300,000 cylinder
blocks  per year, making the new programme the highest volume CGI cylinder block
in  the world.   The new  CGI cylinder  block will  become Tupy's eighteenth CGI
component,  further reinforcing its  global leadership position  for CGI product
development and series production.

In  preparation for  the start  of series  production, Tupy  has ordered a fully
automated  process control  system from  the Swedish  CGI specialist SinterCast.
 The  System  3000 Plus  has  been  jointly  specified  by  Tupy  and SinterCast
engineers  to  automatically  control  the  base  treatment, the process control
measurement  and  the  final  adjustment  of  magnesium  and  inoculant prior to
casting.   Process data from the System  3000 Plus, and the melting and moulding
operations,  will be compiled into a unique process database to provide enhanced
control  and  traceability.  The  System  3000 Plus  will  be  SinterCast's most
comprehensive  ever installation, with capacity for up to 15 ladles per hour and
more  than 9 hours of production per day.  The System 3000 Plus is planned to be
shipped before year-end and commissioned during the first quarter of 2013.

Following  the  installation  of  the  System  3000 Plus, the SinterCast process
control  system  currently  installed  on  Line  3 at  Tupy Saltillo will be re-
installed   on  Line  4 to  support  intensified  CGI  product  development  for
commercial vehicle applications.

"Following  the initial SinterCast installation  at our Joinville foundry during
the  year  2000, and  the  second  installation  at  our Mauá commercial vehicle
foundry  in 2004, we are pleased to be the first foundry group in the world with
SinterCast  process control systems at three different production facilities and
with  high volume  CGI capability  on four  different production lines.  The CGI
process  at our Saltillo foundry has been  designed from a clean sheet of paper,
incorporating  Tupy's high volume CGI production experience over the past decade
and  taking advantage of  the latest technology  in every aspect  of the foundry
process"  said Mr.  Luiz Tarquínio,  President and  C.E.O. of  Tupy.  "As  a key
component  of  our  strategy  for  our  Mexican  operations,  we look forward to
applying  our world-leading CGI experience to support the development and series
production  of this new passenger vehicle  cylinder block.  We also look forward
to  continuing to expand our CGI  capabilities in Saltillo, including future CGI
series production on our commercial vehicle line."

"Tupy's  contributions to CGI product development  and its CGI series production
experience   have  established  CGI  awareness  and  confidence  throughout  the
automotive  industry and  have led  to the  approval of  the highest  volume CGI
cylinder  block to  date.  The  planned volume,  representing more than 300,000
Engine Equivalents, will establish new benchmarks for CGI foundry capability and
machining."  said  Dr.  Steve  Dawson,  President  &  CEO  of  SinterCast.   "We
appreciate  Tupy's confidence  in our  technology as  we prepare  to install and
commission  our most comprehensive ever process control system.  Repeat business
is  the  strongest  endorsement  of  any  technology,  and it is one of our core
objectives."


For more information:

Mr. Luiz Tarquínio S. Ferro   Dr. Steve Dawson

President and C.E.O.          President & CEO

Tupy S.A.                     SinterCast AB (publ)

Tel:    +55 47 4009 8181      Tel:    +46 8 660 7750

e-mail: tarquinio@tupy.com.br e-mail: steve.dawson@sintercast.com











Headquartered  in southern  Brazil, Tupy  has more  than 10,000 employees  and a
production  capacity of 842,000 tonnes per  year of cast  iron components.  With
manufacturing facilities located in Joinville in the State of Santa Catarina and
Mauá  in the State of São Paulo, Brazil, and in Saltillo and Ramos Arizpe in the
State of Coahuila, Mexico, Tupy is the largest cast iron cylinder block and head
foundry in the world, and the global CGI leader with 17 CGI components in series
production.   Tupy  has  established  sales  and  engineering offices located in
Brazil,  United States, Germany, Mexico and Japan to support its main customers,
including:  Cummins, Ford, Mercedes Benz, Perkins, Audi, Iveco, DAF Trucks, MAN,
John  Deere, Komatsu, Kubota  and Peugeot and  many other premier automotive and
diesel engine manufacturers. For more information: www.tupy.com.br



SinterCast is the world's leading supplier of process control technology for the
reliable  high volume production of Compacted Graphite Iron (CGI). With at least
75% higher  tensile strength, 45% higher stiffness  and approximately double the
fatigue strength of conventional grey cast iron and aluminium, CGI allows engine
designers  to improve  performance, fuel  economy and  durability while reducing
engine  weight, noise and  emissions. The SinterCast  technology is used for the
production  of more than 50 CGI components,  ranging from 2 kg to 17 tonnes, all
using  the same proven process control technology.  The end-users of SinterCast-
CGI  components include  Aston Martin,  Audi, Cameron  Compression, Caterpillar,
Chrysler,   DAF  Trucks,  Ford,  Ford-Otosan,  General  Electric  Transportation
Systems,  General Motors, Hyundai,  Jaguar, Jeep, Kia,  Lancia, Land Rover, MAN,
Navistar,  Porsche, PSA Peugeot-Citroën, Renault, Rolls-Royce Power Engineering,
Scania, Toyota, VM Motori, Volkswagen, Volvo and Waukesha Engine. The SinterCast
share  is  quoted  on  the  Small  Cap  segment of the NASDAQ OMX stock exchange
(Stockholmsbörsen: SINT). For more information: www.sintercast.com


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