BONN - Mannesmann Boge, a supplier of rubber-metal antivibration components, reported 1997 sales of DM361 million ($206 million), up 19 percent over 1996.
Part of the growth comes from the ramp-up of production for the Volkswagen New Beetle in Mexico. Mannesmann Boge supplies 17 components from its Guadalajara, Mexico, plant for the New Beetle, including a new impact damper between the bumper and hood.
Mannesmann Boge also has 55 percent of a US joint venture with Cincinnati, Ohio-based Eagle-Picher. Eagle-Picher Boge had sales of
$28 million in its first year, 1997, but these are not included in Mannesmann Boge's 1997 results. Eagle-Picher Boge's plants in Paris, Illinois, and Inkster, Michigan, make hydraulic bushings.
Other Mannesmann Boge customers include Ford, Volvo, BMW and Alfa Romeo. Mannesmann Boge's UK subsidiary supplies Ford, Nissan, Honda and Toyota.
Mannesmann Boge will expand production at its plant in Simmern, Germany, to meet growing demand for hydraulic mounts.