Albion Automotive, the UK subsidiary of American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings, won a contract extension to supply engine crankshafts to MG Rover.
American Axle said the contract for MG Rover's KV6 V-6 engine has been extended for the line of the engine program, although it would not say when the contract expires. The engine is used in several MG Rover models and the Land Rover Freelander.
Albion's Spurrier plant in Leyland, England, produces the crankshafts.
PARIS - Thierry Leblanc is joining ArvinMeritor as European sales and marketing director for the Light Vehicle Aftermarket division.
Leblanc, 41, joins from Valeo Windscreen Washing Systems where he was aftermarket director.
He succeeds Fabrice Rosi, who remains a consultant at sales and marketing level to the ArvinMeritor Light Vehicle Aftermarket division. The division's products include shock absorbers, exhaust systems, catalytic converters and filters.
GOTHENBURG, Sweden - Volvo has chosen SKF to supply bearings for its new sport-utility, which will go into production at the beginning of 2002.
SKF of Gothenburg, Sweden, says it will supply more than 3.8 million bearings through the production life of this vehicle.
The supplier will also supply products for the vehicle's engine and gearbox. Additionally, SKF has been selected to supply wheel bearings for the new Ford Fiesta.
SKF valued the deal at more than E205 million over the life of the contract.
Annual global production of the Fiesta is expected to be 1 million vehicles.
SKF will supply wheel bearing units for all four corners. The front wheel bearing units also include an integrated antilock braking encoder.
Dana Corp. will supply axle components for a future vehicle from BMW.
The contract calls for Dana to design and produce front and rear axle differentials for the US-built vehicle.
Eaton acquired the assets of Donnelly's European mirror actuator business in Manorham-ilton, Ireland. The value of the deal was undisclosed.
The Cleveland, USA, supplier plans to reconfigure the plant to make room for Eaton mirror control business there. Eaton expects the plant to generate annual sales of about E56 million in the next two to three years.
Oxford Automotive of Troy, Michigan, USA, will produce front engine compartments and front and rear floor assemblies for the next-generation Mercedes-Benz M-class sport-utility.
Oxford will find production space near the M-class assembly plant in Vance, Alabama, USA, to produce the components. The contract, expected to run from 2003 to 2010, is valued at $1 billion (E1.1 billion).