Navistar joins with Siemens
CHICAGO - Navistar International Corp. and Siemens Automotive Corp. of Auburn Hills, Mich., have formed a joint venture to develop and manufacture diesel fuel injectors. The effort will incorporate digital valve technology under license from Sturman Engine Systems LLC of Woodland Park, Colo. Siemens owns 51 percent of the joint venture.
AMERICAN AXLE GROWS
DETROIT - American Axle & Manufacturing Inc. has completed its acquisition of two forging companies. The manufacturer of drive line systems acquired Colfor Manufacturing Inc. of Malvern, Ohio, and MSP Industries Corp. of Oxford, Mich., to complement its forged-products business. The additions are expected to reduce General Motors' share of American Axle's annual business from 96 percent to 85 percent.
TENNECO BUYS AUSSIE FIRM
CHICAGO - Tenneco Automotive will buy Kinetic Ltd., an Australian ride-control products company, for as much as $35 million, Bloomberg News Service reported.
Kinetic, based in Dunsborough, Western Australia, has developed technology that uses the wheel's kinetic energy to pump fluid through a stabilizing hydraulic system. Tenneco said it plans to use the technology to develop improved ride-control systems for light and heavy-duty trucks.
NEW DIESEL UNIT
WHITTIER, Calif. - Isuzu Motors Ltd. expects to produce 100,000 engines annually at its new North American subsidiary, DMAX Ltd. of Moraine, Ohio. DMAX will begin production of engines for General Motors medium-duty trucks in 2000. The engines will use a common-rail direct-injection system already available on Isuzu light trucks built for the Japanese market.
UAW-AMERICAN AXLE DEAL
DETROIT - The UAW has agreed to reduce pay for some future workers at American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc. in return for the company's pledge to create jobs, Bloomberg News Service reported. American Axle pays longtime workers $21 per hour. But at its new factory in Cheektowaga, N.Y., UAW members' pay will be 'competitive' with outside, mostly nonunion companies. A University of Michigan study says nonunion suppliers pay an average of $10.06 per hour.
NEW MERITOR UNIT
DETROIT - Meritor Automotive Inc. of Troy, Mich., has created an Automotive Body Systems business unit within its Light Vehicle Systems business. The new unit will develop and sell complete body modules. Initially it will focus on providing complete door modules for passenger cars and sport-utilities.
DELPHI IN MEXICO
DETROIT - Delphi Automotive Systems of Troy, Mich., will invest $12.4 million in Gabriel de Mexico SA de C.V., an automotive damper and suspension module manufacturer based in Mexico City. The investment will give Delphi a 40 percent interest in the company. Condumex will hold a 60 percent stake in the company. Gabriel de Mexico has 325 employees and supplies components to DaimlerChrysler and Ford assembly plants in Mexico.
AKRON, Ohio - Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. will invest $57 million to expand the radial tire operations of its passenger tire plant in Valleyfield, Quebec. The 170,000-square-foot project will boost production capacity by about 40 percent and create about 400 jobs. Construction is slated to be completed by year end.
MOTOROLA UNIT HONORED
DETROIT - Motorola Inc.'s Automotive & Industrial Electronics Group of Seguin, Texas, has received Detroit Diesel Corp.'s 1998 Continuous Customer Value Improvement Supplier of the Year award. Detroit Diesel evaluated suppliers based on quality, delivery, cost and technical support with the goal of waste elimination through improved communication and coordination throughout the supply chain. Honorable mention went to Fritz Winter Eisengiesserei GmbH & Co. KG of Stadtallendorf, Germany; Eaton Corp.'s Belmond, Iowa, operation; General Fasteners Co. of Livonia, Mich.; Ferry Cap & Set Screw Co. of Cleveland; and Krupp Hoesch Automotive GmbH of Homburg, Germany, L'Horme, France and Danville, Ill.
VAN NUYS, Calif. - Superior Industries International Inc.'s joint venture company, Suoftec of Tatabanya, Hungary, will supply cast aluminum road wheels to Rover Group Ltd. for several Rover lines, including sport-utilities and passenger cars. Shipments are expected to begin this summer.
RUSHFORD, Minn. - Lucas Body Systems unit of LucasVarity Automotive will supply heating, ventilating and air conditioning panel controls for DaimlerChrysler's 2000 Dodge and Plymouth Neon. The panel controls will be made at Lucas Body Systems' plant in Rushford.
QS-9000: Rhodia Inc., Freeport, Texas, and Cranbury, N.J.; LucasVarity Automotive Control Systems, Vandalia, Ohio; Ironwood Plastics Inc., Ironwood, Mich.; Hoffmann Carbon Inc., Branford, Pa.
QS-9000/TE Supplement: Gen-eral Broach Co., Morenci, Mich.
ISO-9002: Watteredge-Uniflex Inc., Cleveland
ISO-14001: Delphi Energy & Engine Management Systems, Grand Rapids, Mich.