HAYES LEMMERZ International Inc. will supply steel wheels for worldwide use on the new Volkswagen Beetle. The wheels are built at Hayes' plant in Mexico City.
ZWICKAU, Germany - Sachsenring Automobiltechnik AG will supply chassis systems to the VW Polo built at Pamplona, Spain. Sachsenring will build a plant in Spain to service the DM200 million ($110 million) contract, which will start in late 1998.
BERTRAND FAURE Sitztechnik GmbH & Co. will supply seating systems to the Audi A4 successor. The system will be produced at Neuberg, Germany, and delivered just-in-time to the Audi assembly line in Ingolstadt.
CHENNAI, India - Bundy India will supply integrated fuel line systems to Hyundai Motor India's Santro, which is based on the Atos supermini and will be launched in October.
GOTHENBURG - Borealis will be supplying elastomer-modified polypropylene for the bumpers on the Volvo C70 coupe and cabriolet.
DUSSELDORF, Germany - British Steel Strip Products will supply steel for Ford Transit and Escort body panels to the Ford Otosan plant in Istanbul. The contract is handled through the steelmaker's German office.
ESSON, France - Meritor's Light Vehicle Systems division has opened a 6,300-square-meter electric motors plant in Esson to supply window regulators for the Citroen Saxo and Renault Clio. Esson will become Meritor's worldwide technical center of excellence.
SAO PAULO - Ecia, the auto parts subsidiary of PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, will set up a plant in Curitiba, to build HVAC and steering systems for Renault's new plant. Ecia has also announced plans to open a new plant in the USA.
SAO PAULO - Mercedes-Benz do Brasil is doubling its purchases of parts made from natural coconut fiber and latex, used in headrests. The products are bought directly from four indigenous families as part of a program which began in 1993.
GRAZ, Austria - Steyr-Fahrzeugtechnik has become a component supplier. It has designed special balance shafts that absorb vibrations in four cylinder engines, and will supply 180,000 sets per year to BMW for the new 3 series cars.