Pierburg China JV
DUSSELDORF - German engine parts maker Kolbenschmidt Pierburg has formed a 50-50 joint venture with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp.
The joint venture, Kolbenschmidt Pierburg Shanghai Nonferrous Components, will develop, build and market intake manifolds, cylinder heads and steering parts as well as complete Pierburg oil and water pumps for engines.
Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. is among China's biggest auto companies. It has a work force of 65,000 and a market share of about 40 percent.
New Mini wiring
BIRMINGHAM, England - Draexlmaier Group of Germany has begun making wiring systems for BMW's new Mini at new E8.4 million plant here.
Two hundred jobs have been created at the 7,000-square-meter plant. BMW will build the new Mini in Oxford, England.
Actuant Corp.'s Power-Packer division has won the convertible top actuation system business for the Volkswagen New Beetle convertible. The US company did not disclose the program's value, length or volume.
The New Beetle convertible will expand the global convertible market by at least 5 percent, Actuant CEO Robert Arzbaecher said.
Volkswagen and Karmann GmbH will produce the New Beetle convertible in Mexico. Actuant's plant is in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the USA.
The Automotive and Industrial Electronics Group of Motorola Inc. signed an alliance agreement with Zytek Group to develop electronic control systems for engines and powertrains.
The Automotive and Industrial Electronics Group will also make an equity investment in the Zytek Group. The amount of its investment was undisclosed.
The alliance forms a new department, Motorola Zytek Technologies, which will be located near Zytek's UK headquarters in Repton, Derbyshire.
Robert Bosch GmbH ordered more than E115,000 in Moldflow Corp.'s software packages for its plant in Waiblingen, Germany, that makes automotive connectors.
The software will allow Bosch to monitor the plant's production equipment and solve problems such as warpage or shrinkage before production begins.
Moldflow is based in Wayland, Massachusetts, USA.
MADRID - Thyssen Krupp Automotive should have been included in the list of suppliers to the new Opel/Vauxhall Corsa (December 18, 2000 edition). The company makes the Corsa's front and rear springs and stabilizer bars. Thyssen Krupp Automotive has been a supplier to the Corsa since 1982, delivering parts to plants in Europe (Zaragoza, Spain; Eisenach, Germany; and Azambuja, Portugal), Mexico and Brazil.