New role for Siemens Schweiz
Siemens Schweiz AG, the Swiss arm of the German electronics concern, has appointed Ulrich Seitz as new sales director effective 1 October. He succeeds Kurt Geiser, who is retiring. Carl Wich is also joining the Siemens Schweiz board of directors with responsibility for information and communications. Meanwhile, Helmut Clemm is to step down as head of the development and production division at the end of 1999. He will subsequently devote himself to `special tasks.'
Continental to appeal ruling
Germany's Continental AG said it would appeal against a local court decision allowing three Nazi-era workers to sue the tire and auto components firm for compensation.
An employment arbitration court in Hannover allowed the three workers, now living in Israel, to sue Continental for wages and compensation worth DM13,356 ($7,331) each for work done between October 1944 to April 1945.
Man in takeover spotlight after Volvo deal
German truckmaker MAN AG has become the center of takeover speculation after Sweden's AB Volvo and Scania joined forces to take on market leader DaimlerChrysler, raising questions about the outlook for smaller rivals and their suppliers.
The competition between the new Nordic powerhouse and its larger transatlantic rival has left smaller manufacturers such as MAN, Fiat's Iveco and Paccar Inc.'s Dutch truck unit DAF Trucks NV looking vulnerable, analysts said.
Quality assured at Siemens plants
Siemens Passive Components said its Heidenheim, Germany factory has received QS9000 and VDA 6.1 certification after quality assurance audits of its aluminum electrolytic capacitors and EMC components lines. The audit gave the two product lines a rating of 94 percent.
Hella adds to lighting range
Hella KG, the German lighting specialist, said it has developed silver retrofit combination rear lights for the Audi A6 and black headlights for the Opel Astra. It has also developed a retrofit rear spoiler with LED side marker lights for the Opel Astra sedan.
New generation common rail
Siemens will become the first supplier worldwide to begin series production of a second generation common rail injection system next year. Siemens says the system uses an injector with voltage pulses of 0.1 milliseconds which will be unrivaled in the industry. The system is set to be one of the focal points of the Siemens stand at the Frankfurt auto show in September.