The trend toward modularity and systems is about to extend into the closely guarded realm of pistons. Three leading piston suppliers, Mahle GmbH, Kolbenschmidt Pierburg AG and Federal-Mogul Corp., have been positioning themselves aggressively through acquisitions, mergers or new construction to bring more than just pistons to the auto industry. The companies are pushing piston systems. And while one company may call it the “power cell” and another the “power cylinder,” the package is ...

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