Sogefi in control
TURIN, Italy - Sogefi SpA, Italy's largest publicly traded automotive components maker, has taken full control of its Sogefi Filtration unit. Sogefi bought the 40 percent of Sogefi Filtration that was owned by AlliedSignalItalia SpA for E70.5 million. AlliedSignalItalia is part of the Honeywell group.
Sogefi and Honeywell have also renewed their license agreement that will allow Sogefi Filtration to continue to use the Honeywell-owned Fram brand name for the next 10 years in all European and former Soviet Union countries.
STOCKHOLM - Autoliv has sold its US leadwire business to Tyco Electronics Corp., a unit of Tyco International Ltd.
The divested leadwire assembly business produces components for connecting automotive airbags in vehicles. The business had annual sales of about $45 million in 1999. Lars Westerberg, Autoliv president and CEO, said: 'This business has been profitable for us, but is not strategic to our long-term business plan.'
Fed-Mog, PAL link
DETROIT - Federal-Mogul Corp. has formed a partnership with PAL Praha AS of Prague, Czech Republic, to supply wiper systems to European automakers. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Federal-Mogul of Southfield, Michigan, USA, will combine its wiper arms and blades with PAL's motors and linkage systems to create complete systems.
Delphi wiring deal
FRANKFURT - Delphi Automotive Systems' Packard Electric Systems division will supply three types of wiring harnesses to Volvo Truck Corp. in Sweden and Belgium. The European truck programs combined have annual volumes of more than 40,000 units.
Delphi of Troy, Michigan, USA, also has contracts to supply Volvo with wiring in North America, India and Australia.
BREST, France - Autocruise Ltd. won a contract from German truckmaker MAN to supply adaptive cruise control radar sensors. The sensors will be made at Autocruise's plant in Brest.
The Blaupunkt unit of Robert Bosch GmbH has formed a tie-up with Microsoft Corp. to create in-vehicle computing and communications, including navigation and telematics.
Blaupunkt will use Microsoft's Windows CE for Automotive as its platform for its future navigation and telematics products. The companies plan to bring original equipment and aftermarket products to market by 2001.
ZEELAND, MICHIGAN, USA - Gentex Corp. will supply interior automatic dimming mirrors for the new Ford Mondeo. The mirrors will be installed in range-topping Ghia models. Gentex's mirrors automatically darken to reduce glare from the headlamps of vehicles approaching from the rear.
Gentex is based in Zeeland, Michigan, USA.