Delphi Automotive Systems Corp. has linked with Japanese seat-belt maker Ashimori Industry Co. Ltd. in a joint venture to make seat belts.
The deal also allows Delphi to leverage its expertise in electronics, airbags and seat belts into what it terms its 'Integrated Safety System,' a complete module that will go up against marketplace leaders Autoliv Inc., Breed Technologies Inc., TRW Inc. and Takata Corp.
The joint venture, Delphi Automotive Systems-Ashimori LLC, will focus on customers in North America, South America and Europe and launch production at Delphi's occupant protection center in Matamoros, Mexico.
Ashimori, of Osaka, Japan, holds about 10 percent of the Japanese seat-belt market, with customers including Mazda Motor Corp., Suzuki Motor Corp. and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd., which produces Subaru vehicles.
Delphi had dropped seat-belt production in 1989 when it was still part of General Motors.