Donnelly buys rest of rear-view mirror supplier
HOLLAND, Mich. - Donnelly Corp. of Holland, Mich., has purchased the remaining 50 percent of Brazilian rear-view mirror supplier Donnelly/Arteb Ltda. from its joint venture partner Arteb Industrias SA of Sao Bernardo, Brazil.
The company, renamed Donnelly do Brasil, will continue to supply General Motors with interior and exterior rear-view mirrors for its Corsa, Astra, Vectra and Celta models. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
Dana makes axles in India
TOLEDO, Ohio - Dana Corp.'s Off-Highway Systems group has opened a new off-highway axle operation in Chakan, India.
The business, in one of Dana's existing light-axle operations, initially will focus on off-highway agricultural axle assembly. Based on contracts awarded, the supplier expects to produce about 45,000 axles by March 2002.
The operation eventually is expected to increase its annual capacity to 250,000 axles.
Dana also may use the site to assemble off-highway driveshaft and transmission products.
The new agricultural axle assembly operation, called Dana India Private Ltd., initially will concentrate on the agricultural vehicle manufacturers in the Indian market. The business will create up to 100 new jobs.
Pep Boys chooses JCI
MILWAUKEE - Johnson Controls Inc. has won a multi-year contract to supply Pep Boys with automotive, marine and utility batteries.
Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
Trelleborg, Tokai make deal
STOCKHOLM - Antivibration systems supplier Trelleborg Automotive of South Haven, Mich., entered into an agreement with Tokai Rubber Industries, a Japanese supplier of rubber components. Trelleborg Automotive is a unit of the Trelleborg Group.
Delphi to supply Ford
PARIS - Delphi Automotive Systems Corp. of Troy, Mich., will supply Ford Motor Co. with a common rail diesel direct injection system, the Delphi Multec DCR 1400, for the Ford Focus TDCi.
The vehicle will be launched in Europe in May. Delphi will manufacture this system at its plants in La Rochelle, France, and Barcelona, Spain.
McIntosh wins Subaru contract
DETROIT - McIntosh Laboratory Inc. was awarded a contract to supply the McIntosh Audiophile sound system to Subaru of America Inc. for its 2001 Outback Wagon H-6 3.0-liter VDC.
Clarion Co. Ltd. owns McIntosh, with engineering, manufacturing and sales operations in Binghamton, N.Y.
Computer organizations form alliance
SAN RAMON, Calif. - The Automotive Multimedia Interface Collaboration has joined the Open Services Gateway Initiative to develop common interfaces for vehicle communication networks.
The two organizations will work to define specifications that will allow electronic devices to plug into vehicles and share information with other in-vehicle systems.
Navigation Technologies joins group
ROSEMONT, Ill. - Navigation Technologies Corp. has become a sponsor member of the Mobile and Automotive Geographic Information Core Services Initiative.
The group is an industry consortium to develop and promote an open industry specification for delivering navigation, telematics and other location-based services across multiple networks and devices.
Navigation Technologies Corp. of Rosemont, Ill., is a supplier of digital map information and technology.
Smithers, Auto Testing Co. OK deal
AKRON, Ohio - Smithers Scientific Services Inc. has formed a joint venture company with Auto Testing Co. to conduct durability testing in the United States for DaimlerChrysler Corp.
Auto Testing Co. is a subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. Terms of the deal were undisclosed. The new company, called Automotive Testing DRIVEtech LLC, will be in an existing proving ground in Laredo, Texas. An investment of more than $3.5 million will be made to build a 14,000-square-foot administrative building, garage and a 65-foot high hill climb there.
Smithers of Akron, Ohio, is a testing, research and consulting firm. It will manage DRIVEtech, which will employ about 80.
Eaton finishes purchase
CLEVELAND - Eaton Corp. of Cleveland has completed its purchase of Sumitomo Heavy Industries' 50 percent interest in the companies' Japanese fluid power joint venture.
The purchase price was undisclosed.
The supplier will rename the business Eaton Fluid Power Ltd. The headquarters will remain in Kameoka, Japan. The business, which employs 240 who work in three facilities in Kameoka, had 2000 sales of about $100 million. It makes hydraulic motors primarily for the Japanese market. The motors are used for construction and farm machinery products.
The joint venture was formed in 1974.
Federal-Mogul wins piston deal
DETROIT - Federal-Mogul Corp. has won a contract to produce pistons for Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. that will be used in a new V-8 engine the automaker will install in a new full-sized pickup truck to be introduced in 2003.
Federal-Mogul will manufacture the pistons at its plant in LaGrange, Ga., and deliver them to Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corp.'s engine plant in Decherd, Tenn. This is the first piston contract Federal-Mogul has won from Nissan.
It supplies the automaker with piston rings for V-6 engines used in its compact pickups and sport-utilities.