Code-Alarm, @Road join in telematics
FREMONT, Calif. - Telematics hardware and software supplier @Road of Fremont, Calif., and safety product supplier Code-Alarm of Madison Heights, Mich., have formed an alliance to bring Web-based telematics software to retail stores.
The companies will combine their technologies to enable services such as vehicle tracking and diagnostics, emergency roadside assistance, real-time traffic reports and interactive navigation.
The software, which will be marketed under the brand name Guidepointsystems.com, is expected to be in stores in mid-January.
This is @Road's entry into the passenger-car aftermarket. The company has supplied commercial truck fleets.
Ballard delivers fuel cells
VANCOUVER, British Columbia - Ballard Power Systems Inc. of Vancouver, British Columbia, delivered $1.6 million in fuel cell power modules to Nissan Motor Co. Nissan has been a Ballard customer since 1991.
Delphi to equip International
DETROIT - Delphi Automotive Systems Corp. of Troy, Mich., has a five-year agreement to supply original-equipment heavy-duty batteries and replacement batteries to International Truck and Engine Corp. and its dealers nationwide.
The value of the contract was not disclosed.
Gencorp acquires Draftex
DETROIT - GenCorp Vehicle Sealing of Farmington Hills, Mich., has completed its acquisition of Draftex International Car Body Seals. The purchase price was about $198 million.
Draftex adds about $415 million in annual sales and 5,484 employees to GenCorp., bringing the supplier's vehicle sealing sales to $875 million and vehicle sealing employment to 10,370.
Tenneco forms unit
LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Tenneco Automotive of Lake Forest, Ill., combined its emerging markets business unit, which managed operations in China, India and South America, with its Japanese original-equipment business into a business unit called Tenneco Automotive International.
Collins & Aikman wins work
DETROIT - Collins & Aikman Corp. won multiyear contracts to supply flooring, acoustics and interior components for General Motors and Renault vehicles manufactured in England.
The length and value of the agreements were not disclosed. The Troy, Mich., supplier will provide the dash insulator, airbag insulation, battery cover, clutch cover insulation, carpet, polyurethane flooring and floormats for GM's Vivaro Van, Vivaro Combi and Vivaro Bus and Renault's Trafic Van, Trafic Combi and Trafic Bus.
Collins & Aikman will produce the components at its St. Neots and Newcastle-under-Lyme facilities in the United Kingdom. The vehicles will be assembled at GM's Luton, England, facility beginning in March 2001.
Visteon gets the lead out
DETROIT - Visteon Corp. will supply Ford Motor Co. with a passive anti-theft system transceiver module that will feature the industry's first use of lead-free solder paste.
This lead-free technology replaces tin-lead technology that Visteon has supplied to Ford since the mid-1990s.
Eaton completes spinoff
CLEVELAND - Eaton Corp. has completed the spinoff of Axcelis Technologies Inc., formerly Eaton Semiconductor Equipment Operations.
Axcelis is based in Beverly, Mass., with additional facilities in Rockville, Md., and Tokyo.
Eaton of Cleveland announced its plan to reorganize its semiconductor equipment operations into a wholly owned subsidiary in April 2000.