Aston Martin Powertrain Chief Joins NEXCEL “To Make a Real Difference To Our Industry”

Date: April 2017
Location: London
  • Dr. Brian Fitzsimons joins NEXCEL as Technology Director
  • NEXCEL wins accreditation to ISO 9001:2015
Following the launch at Geneva of its new Phase II active oil management system for wet sump applications, NEXCEL has taken two further steps towards the introduction of its technology on volume vehicles. Dr. Brian Fitzsimons has been appointed as technical director and the Castrol subsidiary has won accreditation to one of the most demanding quality system management standards, ISO 9001:2015.
Dr. Fitzsimons was previously chief engineer, powertrain, at Aston Martin and is credited with being the father of Aston Martin’s new V12, launched last year in the new DB11. Aston Martin’s Vulcan was the first production car to include the NEXCEL system.

“Through my experience in the early implementation in the Aston Martin Vulcan and the Aston Martin Vantage GT8 race car, I became convinced that the NEXCEL technology is an essential step forward in engine management,” says Fitzsimons. “As a powertrain engineer, NEXCEL is a very significant development at a vehicle level, but there are also the substantial environmental advantages that currently cannot be achieved in any other practical way.  I’m tremendously excited about helping to introduce a new technology that will bring such wide-ranging benefits to our industry.”
Dr. Brian Fitzsimons has been appointed as technical director for NEXCEL. He is seen here at NEXCEL’s applications engineering centre, holding the Phase II system that was recently launched for wet sump applications.
NEXCEL’s managing director, David Goosey, is delighted with the endorsement delivered by Dr. Fitzsimons. “As the powertrain leader at the vehicle manufacturer with the greatest experience of the NEXCEL system, Brian is one of the best placed people to have an authoritative, independent view on our technology,” he says. “To welcome him to our team is a tremendous vote of confidence. He joins at an exciting time, when we are working with a growing list of vehicle manufacturers on some fascinating programmes across a wide range of vehicle types.”

ISO confirms world-class quality assurance

NEXCEL chose to aim high and work towards the latest and most challenging version of ISO 9001 because one of the key features of the ‘2015’ update is the focus on identifying future opportunities and risks, and adapting today’s business accordingly. This approach includes the implementation of key management tools such as the New Product Introduction (NIP) process. 

“All kinds of businesses in the automotive industry are working towards the approaching deadline for gaining ISO 9001:2015. This is the halfway point in the three-year period allowed for transition to the new quality standard,” explains NEXCEL programme director Steve Goodier. “NEXCEL is blazing a trail for many of the more established automotive suppliers.”

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NEXCEL Background Information

NEXCEL is a self-contained, sealed cell that contains the correct grade of oil and specification of filter. Designed for flexible installation anywhere in the engine bay via a docking station, it is managed by a dedicated electronic control unit that communicates with the vehicle via the standard databus. An electric pump controls the flow of oil between the engine sump and the remote cell and an oil analysis capability can be integrated. By reducing the volume of oil in the engine, the NEXCEL system allows faster warm-up, which will increase occupant comfort and reduce emissions during  typical shorter real-world journeys.

Containing the oil within a sealed cell also makes recycling of old oil a much more practical option because it eliminates contamination by other fluids during the drain and recovery operation. NEXCEL units can remain sealed up to the point of re-refining, allowing the oil to be returned to its original specification. Changing the cell takes just 90 seconds and can be achieved entirely from above, releasing the packaging volume protected for a traditional filter and the space required to remove it during servicing. For garages, the benefits also include the elimination of spills and greatly simplified oil recovery. NEXCEL’s closed ecosystem, with garages incentivised to return the used cells, will help to eliminate the one third of drained engine oil (worldwide) that currently disappears into the environment.

ISO 9001:2015 Background Information

According to acting ISO Secretary- General, Kevin McKinley : “ISO 9001:2015 allows organisation to adapt to a changing world. It enhances an organisation’s ability to satisfy its customer’s needs, and provides a coherent foundation for growth and sustained success.”
Another important aspect of the 2015 update is the direct responsibility for quality placed on the senior management.  “The NEXCEL team is committed to compliance with our new management system which is designed to meet the requirements of ISO 9001:2015, customer specific requirements, statutory requirements and the regulations associated with our activities,” continues Goodier. “We are delighted to have achieved recommendation for ISO 9001:2015 accreditation so early in our life, confirming to our customers that NEXCEL operates the same, robust processes as they do, to ensure the same quality throughout our operations.”