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Voith Turbo providing transmissions for Canadian buses

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Voith Turbo Inc. is providing diesel transmissions for Canada-bound buses.

Voith, which has a facility in Manchester Township, York County, is providing 34 of its DIWA.5 automatic transmissions to New Flyer Industries, headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for buses going to Ontario’s York Region Transit Authority.

The DIWA.5 transmission reduces wear and tear through streamlined gear shifts, according to a news release from Voith. It also features gear technology designed to ensure fuel-friendly engine speeds in all levels of traffic. Since 2003, Voith has provided about 250 transmissions in buses for the transit authority.

The transmissions are being delivered to New Flyer now, and the buses are expected to be in service by the fall, Voith said.

"The transmissions are manufactured in Germany," said Voith spokeswoman Erika Winemiller. "We would service them here (in York County) when the time comes that they need to be serviced/rebuilt."

Winemiller said Voith could not disclose the terms of the deal with New Flyer.

Last month, Voith said it was providing 60 DIWA.5 transmissions for buses bound for the Port Authority of Allegheny County, which operates a bus system in Pittsburgh.

Voith Turbo, a group division of Voith GmbH, specializes in drive solutions and systems. The parent company also owns Voith Hydro in West Manchester Township. Founded in 1867, Voith employs more than 43,000 people, generates $7.7 billion in sales, operates in about 50 countries around the world and is one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.

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