Benecke in Africa
HANOVER, Germany - Benecke-Kaliko AG, a subsidiary of ContiTech Group, has made a licensing agreement with Vynide Ltd., the biggest interior trim supplier in South Africa. Benecke-Kaliko is a leading supplier of foils and coated fabrics for interiors, and had 1996 sales of DM635 million ($368 million). Vynide had sales of DM80 million.
New audio plant
NAGYKATA, Hungary - Japanese car audio manufacturer Clarion will build a $17 million plant in Nagykata to produce about one million car audio units a year, starting in 1999. Planned annual sales are $50 million in 2000.
DETROIT - Hayes Wheels International Inc. has changed its name to Hayes Lemmerz International Inc., to reflect this year's $425 million acquisition of Lemmerz Holding GmbH of Konigswinter, Germany. The combined company has annual sales of $1.4 billion.
CHASETOWN, UK - Transmission-belt maker Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and Canada-based Litens Automotive Group have formed a strategic alliance to develop synchronous timing belt drive systems and other parts.
Digital map data
BERLIN - Navigation Technologies Corp. will provide digital map data to OnStar, GM's mobile communications and route guidance division. The agreement covers North America and Europe. OnStar uses the satellite-based global positioning system to locate vehicles.
SAO PAULO - Delphi Automotive Systems and NSK have set up a 50-50 joint venture in Brazil to make wheel bearings in 1999. Delco Chassis NSK do Brasil Ltda. will export bearings to China and central Europe.
MILAN, Italy - Magneti Marelli aims to launch its common rail injection system for a gasoline engine in 2000.
DUESSELDORF, Germany - Meritor has bought spoiler sunroof manufacturer Westmont Technik GmbH & Co. KG for an undisclosed sum. Meritor will use the company's expertise to enter the spoiler sunroof market.
VM Motori engines
CENTO, Italy - VM Motori of Cento, Italy, has unveiled new common rail direct-injection turbodiesels. The four-cylinder, 2.5-liter is capable of 155ps in a 16-valve version and 136ps in the eight-valve version.