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3parsnips
03-03-2006, 03:30 PM
MTD + New IVT transmissions for ride on mowers and Compact tractors

Hi,
Can anyone give any information about MTD and a New production line making New toroidal transmissions for ride on mowers etc.?
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Or can anyone point me in the right direction for another discussion forum that may be able to help.?
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Could be that a new production line has been started in Cleveland, Ohio

A 50/50 joint venture has been entered into between "MTD Products Ltd" in Cleveland Ohio and the British company "Torotrak" to manufacture a New "Infinitely Variable Transmission" (IVT)

The name of the NEW 50/50 ownership company that has been set up is to be called : "Infinitrak"

An announcement was made in the (UK) on 3rd November 2005...see :

http://www.companyannouncements.net/...00155671T.html

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Outdoor Power Equipment Market

"The initial focus of Infinitrak's business within this market is the riding mowers and tractors sector, which includes commercial mowers, lawn and garden tractors, compact tractors and utility vehicles."

http://www.torotrak.com/Investor/Markets/OPEmarket.htm

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Benefits for OPE :

The full-toroidal Infinitely Variable Transmission (IVT) provides an efficient, refined, smooth drive with no gear changes. Its precise control and ability to shuttle seamlessly from forwards to reverse allows ease of manoeuvrability around obstacles. The consistent and easily controllable delivery of power to the wheels reduces the tendency to wheel spin, on slippery surfaces such as grass, and leads to a consequent reduction in ground damage. IVT is also very quiet in operation and therefore offers reduced noise pollution.

http://www.torotrak.com/IVT/works/variator.htm

Check out HOW IT WORKS :

http://www.torotrak.com/NR/rdonlyres...variatorhi.wmv

Latest design addition (New Epicycloidal Roller Control (ERC) (3183kb) :
http://www.torotrak.com/NR/rdonlyres...E99/0/ERC5.mpg

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On the 3rd November 2005..In an Official News release to the London Stock Exchange..Torotrak announced :

"Torotrak plc (‘Torotrak’) today announces the signing of an agreement in principle to form Infinitrak LLC, a joint venture with MTD Holdings Inc (‘MTD’) of Cleveland, Ohio."

"Torotrak and MTD anticipate that Infinitrak will be formed and the joint venture will commence on or before November 14, 2005."

"Torotrak will vest in Infinitrak exclusive global rights to IVT technology in the 0-25kw power range, and exclusive North American rights in the 25-45kW power range for certain Products"..(Compact Tractors).

"MTD and Torotrak anticipate that IVT units in this market will be sold under the brand name Infinitrak™."

"Infinitrak expects to commence manufacture of IVT units in 2006. Production in the first full year of manufacture is expected to exceed 100,000 units."

" Initially, Infinitrak will supply products exclusively to MTD Products Inc for incorporation in vehicles and products it manufactures and distributes. Infinitrak plans to commence sales of IVT units to third parties by 2008."

http://www.torotrak.com/Investor/Inf...RNS/031105.htm

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The joint venture between MTD and Torotrak was due to be formed on 14th November 2005...It would seem that the two companies would have been working together for some before that date.

The statement says that the newly formed company (Infinitrak) expects to commence manufacture of IVT units in 2006 and that Production in the first full year of manufacture is expected to exceed 100,000 units.

Would it be possible for anyone to ask around and see if they can find out :

Has production actually started yet.?
Where is the factory located.?
When will the first (IVT) equipped vehicles be available to buy.?
What vehicle models will be the first to have the new IVT transmission.?
+ any other interesting information

Presumably INFINITRAK will want to launch their new transmissions in the Spring at the start of a new mowing season...will that be a launch of a new product for spring this year..or will they just be getting ready for spring 2007.? (Production in first year of manufacture to exceed 100,000 units.)

When does the Mowing season start in U.S.?

I would be grateful if anyone could spare the time to find out some more information on the above

Thanks

3Parsnips

* Another interesting paper describing the IVT transmission from December 2005 :

http://www.torotrak.com/NR/rdonlyres...ec05_paper.pdf