DETROIT — Marelli CEO Beda Bolzenius, 63, has more on his mind than blending together the global operations of Calsonic Kansei and Magneti Marelli. Bolzenius, during a trip to Detroit, spoke with Special Correspondent Danielle Szatkowski about the outlook of the newly merged company. Here are edited excerpts.
Q:Which of Marelli's product lines have the strongest growth potential?
A: It's electrical powertrain and the electronics business. We booked a couple of good orders on the interiors side, and I think exhaust systems will grow before it shrinks, due to new regulations on conventional powertrain. But that's not forever. It would be naive to believe that the exhaust systems are our future growth story.
Will the merged company be less exposed to tariffs?
We did build up our global footprint because of tariffs. I think we are one of the most flexible companies in the world. If it's not productive anymore to import from China, then we can import from Thailand, or we can go to Indonesia, or we can bring it back to Mexico.
We have tremendous flexibility to adjust on a relatively short notice if something looks like it is going to be permanent. It's mixed with political issues instead of being just an economic situation, and that's very difficult to predict.
Will tougher new carbon dioxide regulations in Europe be disruptive for Marelli next year?
There's a chance, but I don't think it's a pain point for us because we can provide technologies and solutions. OEMs will be forced to spend a little bit more money in these areas.