Sollac, Dofasco open steel plant
HAMILTON, Ontario - Dofasco Inc. of Hamilton has opened a steel processing plant with joint venture partner Sollac SA of France. The DoSol Galva joint venture will produce hot-dipped galvanized steel in Hamilton for exposed automotive parts. Dofasco is a Canadian steel producer.
New US support center for Hella-Behr
PLYMOUTH, Michigan - Hella-Behr Vehicle Systems has opened an engineering and sales support center here. The center will serve as the company's North American headquarters. It will provide engineering, research and development and sales support of front-end modules in North America. The modules are subassemblies that include a structural frame, headlamps, bumper system, fascia, engine cooling system and other components.
Hella-Behr Vehicle Systems is a joint venture of German firms Hella KG Hueck & Co. of Lippstadt and Behr GmbH & Co. of Stuttgart.
BOC Gases gains Q1 certification
MURRAY HILL, New Jersey -BOC Gases, a unit of BOC Group plc of Surrey, England, has earned a Q1 certification from Ford Motor Co. BOC Gases, based here, supplies Ford with several industrial gases used in applications ranging from heat treating to fabrication.
D/C, HJS form emissions JV
STUTTGART - DaimlerChrysler's powertrain division is to develop exhaust gas purification systems in conjunction with HJS Fahrzeugtechnik GmbH & Co. The D/C unit and HJS will have an equal stake in the venture, which will develop new technology for reducing emissions in commercial vehicles.
The company will eventually produce and distribute core components and complete exhaust systems for commercial vehicle manufacturers. HJS is based in Menden, Germany.
Borg-Warner to expand factory
KIRCHEIMBOLANDEN, Germany - Borg-Warner Automotive Inc. is planning a euro 61.5 million expansion of its factory here to build more turbochargers. The upgraded plant will combine Borg-Warner's existing turbocharger production with operations it acquired last March from Kuhlman Corp. for euro 643 million.
Borg-Warner, based in Chicago, wants to double its turbocharger sales to European carmakers in the next four years.
TI wins Citroen brake line contract
LONDON - Citroen has awarded TI Group Automotive Systems a euro 1.6 million contract to supply brake lines to the new Xsara Picasso compact minivan. TI will manufacture and supply the lines from its facility in Vigo, Spain. PSA plans to build more than 100,000 Picassos a year. Elsewhere within the PSA group, TI has also won the contract to supply brake lines to the Argentinean and Brazilian build of the Peugeot 206.