SIDE RAILS - Dana Corp. of Toledo, Ohio, will team up with Simesc S.A., a structural-components manufacturer based in Joinville, Brazil, to form Simesc Parish. Simesc offers Dana a foothold in Brazil and existing market share for high-strength, low-alloy, non-heat treated straight side rails for heavy and medium trucks. Simesc sells components to Volvo, Scania and Autolatina in Brazil.
INSULATION - ATD Corp. of St. Louis has asked a federal court there to find Volkswagen AG and Volkswagen of America in contempt of court for violating a 1993 consent judgment. The automaker had agreed to stop selling, importing and using parts that infringe patents held by ATD for Thermsulate material, a foil insulating pad used to reduce exhaust system heat. ATD has asked the court to make Volkswagen to abide by the consent judgment.
TRANSMISSIONS - Ferguson Formula Developments, which builds transmissions for the Jaguar XJ220, Ferrari 456GT and McLaren Formula One car, will change its name to FFD-Ricardo Limited Inc. Ricardo Group PLC acquired the Livonia, Mich., firm in June for its transmission design and chassis engineering expertise.
INTERIOR TRIM - Cambridge Industries Inc. of Madison Heights, Mich., has teamed up with Empe Werke of Gerestried, Germany, to form a joint venture company, C.E. Automotive Systems, to sell EmpeFlex in North America. The natural-fiber-reinforced polypropylene material is used on door-trim panels, package shelves, garnish moldings, consoles and seat backs. EmpeFlex will be used in door panels for the 1995 Opel Corsa and BMW 3 series.