Delphi Automotive Systems and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen have announced a ground-breaking joint venture to develop new technology to-gether.
The companies will combine efforts to develop products in areas such as active and passive safety, comfort and on-board energy management.
'This is a first in the industry, but PSA also wants to do it with other suppliers,' Jean Cazade, chief executive of Delphi France.
'We have a lot of common development with the carmakers, but there has never been any formal agreement. As a result, we can spend six to 12 months finding proper ways to work together. This includes such things as confidentiality, exclusivity and intellectual property. The agreement with PSA defines once and for all what will be included in any development agreement.'
Delphi President J.T. Battenberg III said the automotive industry should support more open electronic and system standards.
'We all need each other to put breakthrough technologies in our customers' vehicles as integrated systems,' he said. 'If the standards are not common and closed, the technologies will remain prohibitively expensive and out of consumers' reach.'
The agreement was signed at the Frankfurt auto show by Battenberg, Delphi Europe President Jose Maria Alapont, and Robert Peugeot and Jean Wolff, respectively PSA executive vice presidents for innovation and
Delphi has been awarded a four-year contract to supply M-class modular cockpits for the Graz, Austria plant. The modules will be produced in Alabama close to the US M-class factory. Delphi already supplies 300 cockpit modules a day for the Mercedes-Benz off-roader. There are more than 8,000 different possible specifications for the cockpit, says Delphi.
The contract is expected to generation more than $28 million (euro 26.4 million) in sales for Delphi. Austrian orders for the modules are sent to Delphi six weeks before final assembly, compared with the two hour gap needed for the Alabama M-class operation.
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