Visteon plans English office
LONDON - Visteon Corp. of Dearborn, Mich., plans to construct an office building in Basildon, Essex, in southeastern England.
This will consolidate Visteon's southeastern United Kingdom personnel in one place.
The 60,000-square-foot office space, which will house about 400 employees, is expected to be complete in early 2002. It will be on a 14-acre site. Visteon plans to build additional structures on the site.
PCC OLOFSSON SUPPLIES FORD
PORTLAND, Ore. - PCC Olofsson is supplying Ford Motor Co.'s Livonia, Mich., transmission plant with more than 20 of its Revolution machining systems.
The Revolution is a modular system that automakers can configure to machine multiple parts. PCC Olofsson of Lansing, Mich., will deliver the first machine this month.
The business is worth more than $16 million.
PCC Olofsson is a subsidiary of Precision Castparts Corp. of Portland, Ore.
CMI SELLS CHATHAM
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Borgstena Textile North America, a subsidiary of Swedish supplier AB Borgstena Textile, bought all of the assets of Chatham Automotive Textile.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Chatham, which was owned by Columbia, S.C., textile company CMI Industries Inc., produces fabrics for interiors including seats, door panels and headliners.
GUARDIAN EXPANDS IN KY.
DETROIT - Guardian Automotive opened an $18.2 million, 68,000-square-foot expansion at its Morehead, Ky., plant.
A new high-gloss paint line will be housed in the expansion.
Guardian Automotive is a subsidiary of Guardian Industries Corp. of Auburn Hills, Mich.
AUTOLIV PRODUCES IN KOREA
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Swedish safety system supplier Autoliv Inc. agreed to form a joint venture, Autoliv Mando Corp., with Korean parts supplier Mando Corp.
The joint venture, near Seoul, will manufacture seat belts for vehicles sold in South Korea. Production is expected to begin by November 2001.
Autoliv will own 65 percent of the shares in Autoliv Mando, which is expected to have annual sales of about $200 million beginning in 2002.
DURA TO CLOSE PLANT
DETROIT - Dura Automotive Systems Inc. will close its Main Street assembly and manufacturing plant in Elkhart, Ind.
About 220 employees will lose their jobs. The plant supplied window assemblies for the Ford Explorer and manufactured doors for Fleetwood, Winnebago, Monaco Coach and Damon motor homes. Dura also used the plant for its bus and heavy-truck business.
By the end of March 2001, all of the work done in the Main Street plant will be transferred to Dura's other plants in Indiana, Utah and Tennessee.
EAGLE-PICHER TO SUPPLY FORD
DETROIT - Eagle-Picher Automotive's Hillsdale Division will supply Ford Motor Co. with transmission oil pump assemblies.
The assemblies will be used in Ford's rear-wheel-drive passenger cars, sport-utilities and F-series pickups. They will be manufactured at the supplier's plant in Manchester, Tenn.
JCI OPENS SOUND LAB
HOLLAND, Mich. - Johnson Controls Inc. opened an automotive acoustics laboratory near its Holland technical center.
The Plymouth, Mich., supplier will use the new 10,500-square-foot lab to test the acoustic properties of materials, components and complete vehicle interiors.
XCELLSIS JOINS PARTNERSHIP
SAN DIEGO - Fuel cell engine manufacturer XCELLSiS joined the California Fuel Cell Partnership, a group of automakers, energy companies and government organizations dedicated to raising awareness of fuel cell-powered vehicles.
XCELLSiS, of Nabern, Germany, helped make the fuel cells that were shown in DaimlerChrysler's Necar and Ford Motor Co.'s Focus FCV. XCELLSiS, which is owned by DaimlerChrysler, Ford and Ballard Power Systems, has operations in Nabern; Vancouver, British Columbia; and San Diego.
AUTOLIV TO SUPPLY BMW
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Autoliv Inc. of Stockholm will provide BMW with crash sensors and safety system electronic control modules. The electronics will appear first in the 2003 model year.
The contract represents annual sales of $30 million for Autoliv.
TOYOTA CHOOSES LMS
DETROIT - LMS International is supplying Toyota System Research of Japan, a division of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Inc., with software for the testing of noise-vibration-harshness characteristics of concept vehicles.
Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
LMS of Leuven, Belgium, supplies software, testing systems and engineering support for testing noise, vibration, harshness and durability.
DANA BUYS INTEREST IN GETRAG
TOLEDO, Ohio - Dana Corp. of Toledo, Ohio, completed its purchase of an interest in Getrag.
The supplier bought a 30 percent stake in Getrag's parent company, Getrag Cie, and a 49 percent stake in Getrag's North American operations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Getrag of Ludwigsburg, Germany, manufactures transmissions, transaxles, axles and other parts.