Lucas Body Systems, of Winona, Minn., earned a Chrysler Corp. Gold Pentastar quality supplier award. The body systems business is part of LucasVarity's Electrical and Electronics Systems Division. It supplies heating, ventilating and air conditioning panels for Chrysler trucks, minivans and passenger cars.
Arvin Industries Inc.'s Columbus, Ind., 17th Street Plant Engine Components unit was given a Supplier Recognition Award by the Cummins Engine Plant in Jamestown, N.Y. Arvin was honored for achieving 'A-Level' performance in the Cummins supplier evaluation process for 1995 and 1996.
Arvin also received the Rapid Problem Solving Award from the Cummins Engine Plant in Columbus, Ind., for quickly solving a design-related oil pan problem. Arvin supplies a number of automotive components, including exhaust systems and ride-control products.
Degussa Corp.'s North American Emission Control Catalyst Division moved its marketing, sales and applied technology office from Southfield, Mich., to the Degussa Technical Center in Auburn Hills, Mich.
Ford Automotive Products Operations has a new lightweight bumper system for its 1998 Windstar. The fascia is made from a blend of polymers developed by Montell North America's Automotive Business Group of Troy, Mich. The bumper weighs five pounds less than its predecessor. The project was a joint effort among Ford, Montell, the Windstar Platform Team and Polycon Industries.
Breed Technologies Inc., of Lakeland, Fla., was awarded an airbag contract with First Auto Works, of Jin Xhou City, China. Breed will supply SRS-40 driver-side systems for one passenger vehicle platform for the 1998 model year.