TRW renames Lucas aftermarket unit
SOLIHULL, England - Lucas Aftermarket Operations has been renamed TRW Automotive Aftermarket Operations to complete its integration within US supplier TRW Inc. Lucas Aftermarket Operations was a division of brake system manufacturer LucasVarity. TRW acquired LucasVarity in May 1999.
The renamed unit intends to deliver a comprehensive range of replacement parts for braking, steering and suspension, electronics and electrical systems.
Bryce Currie, director and general manager, European operations, said: 'TRW Automotive Aftermarket Operations' primary objective is to bring together the strength of the Lucas braking program with TRW's expertise in steering and suspension to become a global force in complete chassis systems for the aftermarket.'
Exhaust supplier to double capacity
ANN ARBOR, USA - Exhaust system supplier Bosal International North America plans to double its manufacturing capacity as a result of receiving new contracts from General Motors and others.
Bosal, owned by Bosal International NV of Lummen, Belgium, is expanding its three US plants, its Queretaro, Mexico, factory, and its Ann Arbor technical center after contract awards from GM, Delphi Automotive Systems Corp. and Visteon Automotive Systems for exhaust components. The company put the value of the contracts at more than $50 million through the 2005 model year.
Door systems spur growth at Brose
COBURG, Germany - Door module supplier Brose KG's sales grew by 12 percent to DM2.5 billion (A1.3 billion) in 1999, the company reported. Germany accounted for two-thirds of sales, but volume there was flat. Sales outside Germany at Brose's eight production locations grew by 40 percent.
Sales in Brose's core window-lift business grew slightly to DM1.22 billion. Seat adjuster sales climbed 8 percent to DM450 million. But the most dynamic growth was in door systems, with sales up 40 percent to DM870 million. Brose had a work force of 4,800 at the end of 1999.
New appointments at Hayes-Lemmerz
NORTHVILLE, USA - Hayes Lemmerz International Inc., the world's largest maker of auto wheels, has appointed Klaus Junger head of its newly formed European Chassis Components Group. The group includes subsidiary Metaalgieterij Giesen BV of the Netherlands, which makes finished aluminum cast products, and the System Service Division. Junger was formerly president of European Fabricated Wheels.
In a parallel move, Hayes has made Giancarlo Dallera president of its new European Wheels Group. Dallera will have full responsibility for the European Fabricated Wheels and European Cast Aluminum Wheels business units, and for wheel operations in Brazil, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and India. He was previously president of European Cast Aluminum Wheels.