Delphi to supply Brilliance China for four years
DETROIT - Delphi Automotive Systems Corp. was awarded a contract from Brilliance China Automotive Holdings Ltd. to supply engine management systems for its 2001- to 2004-model Jinbei commercial vans sold in China.
Brilliance will start producing these vehicles in September. Most of the components for these engine management systems will be produced at Delphi plants or its joint-venture plants in China.
The Troy, Mich., supplier estimated this business to be worth about
$50 million over the next four years.
Donnelly completes purchase
HOLLAND, Mich. - Donnelly Corp. acquired the remaining 82 percent of Donnelly Electronics Inc. of Holly, Mich.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Before the deal, Donnelly Corp. owned 18 percent of Donnelly Elec- tronics, a 4-year-old company that designs and manufactures sensors and related electronics and displays for applications, such as rear-view mirrors and rain sensors.
Dana supplies RV maker
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Dana Corp.'s Spicer heavy axle and brake division is supplying axles and brakes for motor home maker Monaco Coach Corp.'s Roadmaster chassis division.
The contract is valid through 2004 and is expected to generate more than $54 million in sales.
Dana's steer axles, drive axles, tag axles and brakes are used on the manufacturer's Monaco and Holiday Rambler Class A motor homes. The Toledo, Ohio, supplier is producing these components at its plants in Ohio, Kentucky, Alabama, Tennessee and Mexico and shipping them to Monaco's plants in Coburg, Ore., and Elkhart, Ind.
Dow Chemical awarded contract
GREENVILLE, S.C. - Dow Chemical Co. of Midland, Mich., was awarded a contract to supply Michelin Group with polyurethane-based inner support wheels for its PAX run-flat tire system.
The inner support wheel slides onto the wheel rim and allows a flat tire to travel as far as 125 miles at 55 mph.
Dow expects to start supplying Michelin in 2002. These systems are expected to launch in the United States as original equipment in fall 2002.
Terms of the contract were undisclosed.
Tenneco buys European plant
LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Tenneco Automotive has acquired a 226,042-square-foot shock absorber manufacturing plant in Gliwice, Poland.
The new plant represents a $20 million investment.
It initially will supply Ford Motor Co. and Renault. Production is expected to start by the third quarter.
Valeo gets Lincoln business
DETROIT - Ford Motor Co. has awarded Valeo a contract to supply a reverse sensing system, which will be standard equipment on the 2002 Lincoln Blackwood.
The Blackwood is scheduled to be launched this summer.
While in reverse, the system alerts drivers of objects within a 5.5-foot range of the vehicle.
Valeo's system is offered as an option on the Lincoln Navigator, Mercury Mountaineer and Ford Windstar, Explorer, Expedition, Excursion and F-350.
Delphi gets brake technology
DETROIT - Delphi Automotive Systems Corp. acquired a new brake technology from Federal-Mogul Corp. of Southfield, Mich.
Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
NewTech to supply Saleen
DETROIT - NewTech Group International of Quebec will supply its new brake system for Saleen Inc.'s 2002 S7 supercar.
The system was developed by NewTech and its French affiliates.
Schenck, Ricardo form venture
DETROIT - The Schenck Pegasus Division of Schenck AG and Ricardo PLC have formed a joint venture called Schenck Ricardo Systems Ltd., which will be in Worcester, England.
Schenck has a 70 percent stake in the joint venture, and Ricardo owns 30 percent.
Schenck Pegasus of Darmstadt, Germany, supplies testing and development systems for vehicles and components.
Ricardo, of Shoreham-by-the-Sea, England, develops engines, transmissions and vehicle electronics.
Valeo, SupplySolution sign pact
DETROIT - French supplier Valeo Inc. signed a three-year contract to use SupplySolution Inc.'s online
iSupply Service to manage its direct material inventory.
Terms of the deal were undisclosed.
XM launches satellite
WASHINGTON - XM Satellite Radio of Washington launched its first satellite March 18.
The broadcaster's second satellite is scheduled to be launched in early May.
GM chooses Englehard
ISELIN, N.J. - General Motors has awarded Englehard Corp. two new contracts to supply catalytic converters.
Terms of the contracts were undisclosed.
These catalysts will be used on trucks starting in the 2003 model year.
ATX plans call center
DALLAS - ATX Technologies Inc. of Dallas plans to open its second telematics call center in the central or southeastern United States in the first quarter next year.
The company plans to decide on a location in the third quarter. About 200 employees are expected to work at the new center.
ATX's original call center is in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.