TOKYO - Johnson Controls Inc. has expanded its design, engineering and marketing capabilities in Japan with the opening of three offices. The company recently opened a headquarters and a technical center in Yokohama, as well as a regional business office in Mikawa-anjyo.
Jiro Aoki, Johnson Controls' general manager for Japan business, said the new facilities would help the company strengthen its relationships with Japan-based joint-venture partners, develop and promote seating and interior products and offer enhanced capabilities in research and development and prototyping.
Johnson Controls supplies several interior products for Japan-market vehicles, including overhead consoles, sun visors, transceivers, compasses and map lamps. It also provides aftermarket batteries to Ford in Japan.
The company's fully owned and joint-venture operations serve as a major supplier of interior systems for many vehicles produced worldwide by Toyota, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Isuzu.
Johnson Controls supplies these 1999 Japanese models:
Toyota Avalon, Carina E, Camry, Corolla, Sienna minivan and Tacoma and Tundra pickups.
Honda Accord and Civic.
Mazda B-series pickup.
Mitsubishi Carisma, Diamante, Eclipse, Galant, Magna and 3000GT.
Nissan Altima, Frontier pickup, Micra, Primera, Quest minivan, Sentra and 200SX.
Isuzu Hombre pickup and Rodeo.
MELBOURNE, Australia - Dana Corp. has won a contract to supply front corner modules to General Motors Holden's Ltd. for the Commodore passenger car.
Dana, which is headquartered in Toledo, Ohio, said it expects to supply 300,000 modules annually for the Commodore, with the first shipment anticipated in January 1999. The units will be assembled at Dana's facility in Adelaide, Australia.
'The new project with Holden is significant in that it will allow us to demonstrate our extensive experience ... as a systems integrator ... in the Asia/Pacific region,' said Mike Laisure, head of Dana's modules and systems group.
Dana operates 31 facilities in Australia and New Zealand.
BRUSSELS - Component industry associations in Europe, Japan and the United States have agreed to strengthen their ties. The news came at the second meeting of the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, the Toyko-based Japan Auto Parts Industries Association and the U.S. Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association. Delegates agreed to boost information exchanges among their organizations and to increase direct supplier industry participation in international efforts to harmonize technical standards, regulations and certifications.
HELSINKI - VTI Hamlin Oy, the Finnish subsidiary of Breed Technologies, has opened a 126,000-square-foot facility dedicated exclusively to silicon micro-machined sensor manufacturing. VTI says the plant is the world's largest facility dedicated to that function. VTI Hamlin is fast becoming the automotive industry's dominant supplier of accelerometers for antilock brake applications and stability management systems.