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Tokyo, June 26, 2008 — Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) today signed a technology licensing agreement with its powertrain JV enterprise in China Harbin Dongan Automotive Engine Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (DAE) covering production of 4- and 5-speed automatic transmissions.
DAE began construction work on a new factory in March this year with a view to commence production in April 2010. Plans call for the new facility to have an annual production capacity of 150,000 units and to produce 50,000 units in its first year of operation. Production capacity will be raised to meet future increases in demand.
LIVONIA, Mich., June 24 /PRNewswire - FirstCall/ -- Kelsey-Hayes Company, a subsidiary of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW), has developed a modular multi-piston pump electronic stability control (ESC) system with enhanced performance to rapidly build brake pressure independent of vacuum boost from the engine.
Traditional brake systems rely on a vacuum booster that is assisted by vacuum from the internal combustion engine. But with the rapid growth of direct injection engine technologies, engine vacuum levels are trending lower.
June 2008 -- The new dual clutch transmission is presented for the first time to approximately 900 engineers and press representatives at the VDI 'Transmissions in Vehicles' Event in Friedrichshafen. The 7DT sports transmission is particularly suited for applications with high engine speed requirements. Gear changes without traction interruption allow for very good acceleration and vehicle handling with low fuel consumption. The transmission was developed in Kressbronn, Brandenburg, and Schweinfurt; it is produced at the Brandenburg site of ZF's Car Driveline Technology division.
Hydraulic brake systems: the essence of rapid and safe braking
Frankfurt am Main / Rheinböllen, Germany, June 19, 2008 -- Continental, the international automotive supplier, today celebrated the production of the world's 500 millionth floating caliper at its Rheinböllen site.
Stuttgart, Germany, June 2008 -- Last year in September, at the International Motor Show (IAA) Cars in Frankfurt, Behr GmbH & Co. KG, systems partner to the international automobile industry, showcased another world first: the comfort vent. This innovation provides for the very first time draft-free and individually adjustable airflow through the vehicle cabin, without taking up any additional space.
Last year in September, at the International Motor Show (IAA) Cars in Frankfurt, Behr GmbH & Co. KG, systems partner to the international automobile industry, showcased another world first: the comfort vent. This innovation provides for the very first time draft-free and individually adjustable airflow through the vehicle cabin, without taking up any additional space.
ALFDORF, Germany, June 17, 2008 -- A subsidiary of TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW), TRW Automotive GmbH, today unveiled a new head protection system for convertible vehicles. It is the first system located in the seat mount rather than the door trim - designed to offer head protection for the unique characteristics of convertibles. The development furthers TRW's strategy of innovation to help vehicle manufacturers provide intelligent safety solutions for consumers.
The system combines a thorax or pelvic-thorax module together with a head restraint module located in the upper seat-back. It is due to be launched with a major European vehicle manufacturer during the first half of this year.
Joint venture planned to start in September 2008 with company to be headquartered in Korea
Stuttgart, June 16, 2008 – Robert Bosch GmbH and the Korean company Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. have decided to set up a joint venture to develop, manufacture, and sell lithium-ion batteries. It is planned that the joint venture, which is to be named "SB LiMotive Co. Ltd." and to be headquartered in Korea, will start operations in September 2008. The shareholding of Robert Bosch GmbH will be 50 percent and that of Samsung SDI Co. Ltd. 50 percent – both companies will be equally represented on the board of management and on the board of directors. The foundation of the joint venture is still subject to approval by antitrust authorities.
TROY, Mich., June 18, 2008 — ArvinMeritor, Inc. (NYSE: ARM) announced today that it received the 2008 Corporate ‘Closing the Gap’ Award from New Detroit, a coalition of local community, business and labor leaders.
ArvinMeritor was honored for its economic and philanthropic support of the Southwestern/Fort Street community; specifically, Detroit’s Southwestern High School. The company has contributed to the construction of new facilities at the high school such as a new football field and all-weather track, as well as a renovation of the performing arts theater; created cooperative education programs; and funded scholarship and internship programs with Kettering University for Southwestern High School students.
PITTSBURGH, June 19, 2008 – PPG Industries (NYSE: PPG) has presented eight Excellent Supplier Awards for superior performance in 2007.
Award criteria included product quality, delivery, documentation, innovation, responsiveness, continuous improvement and participation in PPG’s Supplier Added Value Effort ($AVE) program.
Kathleen McGuire, PPG vice president, purchasing and distribution, praised the performance of the award-winning suppliers. “Their products, services, reliability, innovation and overall value in 2007 were outstanding,” she said. “We consider them invaluable business partners who provide a significant competitive advantage to PPG.”
On an annual basis, PPG purchases nearly $7 billion in materials and services from thousands of suppliers.
Ford Motor Company purchased a record $4.2 billion in products and services from its minority suppliers in 2007
DEARBORN, Mich., June 2, 2008 – Ford Motor Company North America set a new record in purchasing spend from minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE) in 2007. Ford purchased a record $4.2 billion in goods and services from tier one minority-owned suppliers and broke through the billion-dollar barrier by spending $1.2 billion with tier one women-owned suppliers.
* Purchases from women-owned suppliers broke the billion dollar barrier with a record $1.2 billion in 2007.
* Combined tier one spend with minority and women suppliers totaled $2.1 billion.
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