MILTON KEYNES, UK - SKF will supply around one million assembled wheel hubs a year to Nissan for its Pulsar, Maxima, Primera, Sunny and March ranges. The March is identical to the European Micra. The contract followed two years of testing and negotiation.
BERGEN OP ZOOM, Netherlands - GE Plastics will supply a number of components for the new Volkswagen Golf. They include the dashboard, which uses two grades of GE Plastic's Noryl resin.
HIGH WYCOMBE, UK - Ford North America has ordered 20 of Instron Schenk's RoadLab 4-Post testing systems. They will be delivered throughout 1998. The system tests cars for 'squeak and rattle.' They will be installed at the end of Ford production lines.
MUNICH, Germany - Siemens and Porsche have jointly developed the Porsche Communication Management unit, that combines five functions: audio console, GSM phone, climate control, on-board computer and navigation system. The unit costs DM9,600 ($5,500) in Germany - much less than all the individual items. The navigation system will advise drivers if there is not enough fuel to reach their destination, and guide them to the nearest gas station.
DETROIT - Lucas Body Systems has won a $10 million contract to supply air conditioning panel controls, sensors and actuators to Chrysler's new large car platform. The platform includes the Chrysler Concorde, 300 and LHS and Dodge Intrepid. Parts will be supplied from Lucas' plant in Winona, Minnesota.
LEAMINGTON SPA, UK - Durr has won a three-year contract to service the main parts of the paint shop at Vauxhall's Luton plant. Durr already maintains a number of systems at the plant, including water filtration and the calibration of instruments in the pre-treatment area.
BRIDGEWATER, UK - T&N subsidiary AE Goetze will supply £2.0 million-worth ($3.4 million) of pistons a year to tractor and combine harvester manufacturer New Holland.
SAO PAOLO - Continental AG will build a $30 million, 2,000-tire-a-day tire plant in the state of Parana, Brazil. It opens in 1999. Continental has supply contracts for the Audi A3, Volkswagen Golf and Mercedes-Benz A-class in Brazil.