Eaton wins deal to supply DCX for $250 million
CLEVELAND - Eaton Corp. of Cleveland has signed a multiyear $250 million contract to supply DaimlerChrysler in Brazil with medium-duty truck transmission components.
Starting in June 2002, Eaton will deliver the transmission components from its plant in Mogi Mirim, Brazil, to DaimlerChrysler's plant in Sao Bernardo/Sao Paulo, Brazil.
To fulfill this contract and others, Eaton will expand its Mogi Mirim truck components plant.
Construction will begin in the first quarter of 2001. When in full production, the Mogi Mirim plant will ship 60,000 part sets annually.
DMC2, GM agree to pact
DETROIT - Degussa Metals Catalysts Cerdec Corp. will supply General Motors with catalysts for 2002-model-year vehicles. Details of the multiyear contract were undisclosed.
The catalysts, which convert engine exhaust into harmless gases, will be used for six light-truck and passenger car platforms.
DMC2, a subsidiary of Degussa Metals Catalysts Cerdec AG, of Hanau, Germany, will manufacture the catalysts at its plant in Burlington, Ontario.
Visteon, Hyundai partner
DETROIT - Visteon Corp., of Dearborn, Mich., is working with Hyundai America Technical Center Inc. to produce an energy-efficient thermal system with Hyundai Motor Co.
The two companies will partner to produce a climate control system that will help increase fuel economy and help decrease vehicle emissions. The project is expected to be complete by summer 2001.
PPG expands in Mexico
PITTSBURGH - Cristal Laminado o Templado S.A. de C.V., a 50-50 joint venture between PPG Industries of Pittsburgh and the Villase¤or family of Mexico City, is expanding its automotive glass manufacturing plant in Tepeji del Rio, Mexico, 30 miles north of Mexico City.
The $10 million, 100,000-square-foot expansion, will be complete in early 2001.
The plant has about 200,000 square feet and has about 400 employees.
Employment will increase by 50 to 100 employees when the expansion is complete. New equipment will allow the plant to supply full sets of glass for vehicles.
Guide moves customer support
PENDLETON, Ind. - Exterior lighting supplier Guide Corp., of Pendleton, Ind., will move its customer support center to a new location in Madison Heights, Mich.
A staff of 21 engineers, customer service representatives and sales people will move into the new 6,000-square-foot facility in January 2001.
The facility will house the supplier's computer-aided design equipment.
Dana to provide Ford height sensors
DETROIT - Dana Corp.'s Motors and Electronic Systems Group will supply Ford Motor Co. with ride height sensors for its Lincoln Blackwood sport-utility pickup that will be available in January 2001.
The components also will be used on future Ford vehicles.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
A ride height sensor detects changes in a vehicle's chassis height and indicates if the chassis needs to be raised or lowered to help maintain a level ride.
Dana's American Electronic Components division in Elkhart, Ind., will manufacture the sensors.
Autoliv awarded contract
STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Swedish safety system supplier Autoliv Inc. was awarded a contract to supply its new occupant sensing system to a U.S. automaker that the supplier had not identified.
Production will begin in the fall of 2003.
Autoliv will supply the systems to about 1 million vehicles annually. The new contract is worth between $40 million and $60 million in annual sales.
The system includes four sensors that allow the airbag's computer to distinguish between an adult and a small child sitting in the front passenger seat.
It also determines whether the seat is occupied and if the occupant is belted. The detection will enable the computer to cancel the airbag's deployment when necessary.
BorgWarner divests unit
CHICAGO - BorgWarner Inc. of Chicago completed the sale of Kysor-Westran to climate system and component supplier Bergstrom Climate Systems LLC.
Kysor-Westran, of Byron, Ill., is an HVAC supplier to the agricultural market in North America and Europe. It was part of the vehicle products business of Kuhlman Corp. that BorgWarner acquired in March 1999.
Dana to supply for Axiom
TOLEDO, Ohio - Dana Corp.'s Spicer Light Vehicle Axle and Spicer Driveshaft groups will supply the rear-axle assemblies and rear main driveshafts for Isuzu's 2002 Axiom sport-utility.
Dana will begin production of the rear axles in January 2001 at a plant in Columbia, Mo. The aluminum rear main driveshafts will be made at Dana's plant in Gordonsville, Tenn.
Andreas to supply BMW
MELVILLE, N.Y. - Andreas Electronics Corp., of Melville, N.Y., will supply BMW of North America Inc. with microphones for the integrated phone system in its BMW Z8 sports cars beginning in early 2001.
Covisint hires PR firm
SAN FRANCISCO - Covisint, the online trade exchange created by DaimlerChrysler, Ford and General Motors, chose Internet and technology public relations firm Niehaus Ryan Wong Inc. of San Francisco to develop its public relations program.