Success Story

Wescast Industries Inc.

(From left) OCE Business Development Manager, Gillian Sheldon with Product Development Project Engineer at Wescast Industries Inc., Gary Burkhalter (centre); and Professor and Director of McMaster Manufacturing Research Institute (MMRI), Dr. Stephen Veldhuis, at Wescast's Brantford headquarters.

As the global automobile industry responds to consumer demands for higher performance, and lighter and more fuel efficient vehicles, auto parts makers must develop new cost-effective and durable materials in order to stay competitive.

Wescast Industries Inc., one of the world’s leading producers of automotive exhaust manifolds and turbo charger housings, has developed a new high-performance alloy that can better withstand higher exhaust temperatures produced by many of today’s vehicles than traditional cast iron materials. The new alloy will result in superior ‘made in Ontario’ automotive components.

In 2010, OCE supported a Collaborative Research project between Wescast and McMaster University to better predict the service lifetime of the company’s products. Wescast partnered with McMaster again in 2012 through OCE’s Technical Problem Solving program to study the new alloy’s microscopic properties, improve its machinability and determine how much it would cost to produce. Wescast has also engaged in three OCE Connections projects.

Wescast’s new low-cost, high-performance alloy has attracted attention from several global auto manufacturers and the company is now working toward commercializing the material. Wescast currently employs 2,200 people and sells to markets in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Australia.

Return on Innovation

  • Currently employs 668 people in Ontario
  • 50 jobs maintained by development of new alloy

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