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Ford acquires Code-Alarm

DETROIT - Code-Alarm Inc. of Madison Heights, Mich., has signed a deal to provide a remote vehicle control system to Ford Motor Co. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Ford represents the first automaker application of Code-Alarm's PowerCode Technology, a remote system that can be customized via a series of software cartridges to include keyless entry, door unlocking and opening, remote start and remote temperature control. The software cartridges allow the system to be upgraded years after the vehicle is purchased.

As part of the deal, Ford receives an option to buy a minority stake in Code-Alarm over five years.

Metaldyne lands Nissan contract

DETROIT - Metaldyne Corp., of Plymouth, Mich., will supply a balance-shaft module to Nissan North America Inc. that will be used in four-cylinder engines. The 2.5-liter engines will be used in the 2002 Altima and Sentra.

The module consists of two balance shafts within an aluminum housing, which cancels out engine vibrations. The balance shafts incorporate Metaldyne's Rapid Purge System, which allows for better oil aeration control and minimized energy consumption. The module will be produced at Metaldyne's Fremont, Ind., plant.

Gentex ships mirrors to VW

ZEELAND, Mich. - Gentex Corp. has started shipping interior automatic-dimming mirrors for the Volkswagen New Beetle.

The interior-mirror subassemblies are shipped to Schefenacker Vision Systems, which places them in the mirror housings and sells the final assembly to Volkswagen. The mirror is standard on the Beetle GLX model.

Omron relocates headquarters

DETROIT - Omron Automotive Electronics moved its North American headquarters to Novi, Mich., from Farmington Hills, Mich.

The company designs and manufactures electronic control units for the automotive market. It posted sales of $150 million in 2000.

BorgWarner opens India unit

MARSHALL, Mich. - BorgWarner Cooling Systems started a subsidiary in Chennai, India. The supplier of engine cooling solutions will manufacture polymer cooling fans with Motherson Automotive Technologies and Engineering.

Parent company BorgWarner has General Motors, Ford and DaimlerChrysler as customers.

Superior wins GM business

VAN NUYS, Calif. - Superior Industries International will supply General Motors with aluminum wheels for several of GM's vehicle lines.

Financial terms of the multiyear deal were not disclosed.

Collins & Aikman signs deal

DETROIT - Collins & Aikman Corp. of Troy, Mich., has signed a deal to acquire Joan Fabrics and its affiliate, Western Avenue Dyers. The deal completes an agreement struck in April for just under $160 million in cash and stocks.

Collins & Aikman operates in 13 countries.

TRW buys IT company

RESTON, Va. - TRW Inc. finalized a deal to acquire Network Six for $5.3 million and the assumption of debt. The deal was announced in June.

Network Six is a human services information-technology company in Rhode Island. TRW made the move to increase business in New England.

MTS to supply Duck Yang

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Korean automotive components supplier Duck Yang Industry Co. secured MTS as a full system supplier.

Duck Yang, 51 percent owned by Visteon Corp., manufactures automobile instrument panels. Duck Yang posted 2000 revenue of $117 million.

Autoliv to go south

STOCKHOLM - Autoliv Inc. will move its North American airbag cushion cut and sew operations from Ogden, Utah, to its plant in Queretaro, Mexico.

The Ogden plant will cut its work force from 500 to 40 employees by September 2002.

ArvinMeritor sells seat equipment

HONG KONG - ArvinMeritor Inc. of Troy, Mich., sold the manufacturing equipment of its seat motor business to Hong Kong motor maker Johnson Electric Holdings Ltd. for $11.7 million in cash.

Johnson Electric is moving the equipment to its manufacturing plant in Shajing, China. That move is expected to be complete by mid-2002.

Visteon lands motorcycle deal

DETROIT - Visteon Corp. of Dearborn, Mich., has worked with the Victory Motorcycle Division of Polaris Industries Inc. to develop a concept touring bike.

Visteon products that have been incorporated into the design of the Vision concept include a navigation system, fingerprint identification, remote lighting, light-emitting diode taillamps, heated seat and handlebars, and an engine control module.

Collins & Aikman relocates

DETROIT - Collins & Aikman Corp. of Troy, Mich., relocated and consolidated its Plastics Operations management and program to the Troy Concept Center.

Collins & Aikman manufacturers automotive floor and acoustic systems, as well as interior trim and automotive fabric.

The company has annual sales of $2 billion.

Timken sells Permatex products

CANTON, Ohio - Timken Co. agreed to sell Permatex Inc.'s products in Australia, Southeast Asia and New Zealand.

Permatex, of Hartford, Conn., makes automotive and maintenance products.

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