DETROIT - Saft will supply nickel-cadmium batteries to Chrysler Corp. for its electric EPIC minivan. The current version, using lead acid batteries, has a range of 109km and has sold poorly. With Saft's batteries, range should increase to 145km. Jim Cerano, Chrysler's EPIC program manager, said, 'It's difficult to sell any vehicle that goes less than 160km and takes eight hours to recharge.'
HERZLIYA, Israel - Tecnomatix Technologies Ltd. has signed a three-year agreement with BMW to supply computer-aided production engineering software products and maintenance services worldwide. Tecnomatix will add 35 licenses to BMW's existing 81 licenses.
EKANDUSTRIA, South Africa - The first car to use Eagle Ottawa Leather Co.'s new Phoenix leather product is the VW Passat. The leather is natural, but also recyclable and, unlike other grades of automotive leather, is not treated with chrome. It is manufactured in South Africa.
ABINGDON, UK - Ducost Engineering has designed and installed solvent reclamation systems at Ford's Halewood and Southampton plants in the UK.