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ArvinMeritor Announces Construction of New Commercial Vehicle Systems Plant in Mexico

TROY, Mich., Nov. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ArvinMeritor, Inc. (NYSE: ARM) today announced it will open a new Commercial Vehicle Systems (CVS) facility in Monterrey, Mexico. This new facility - which will include approximately 400,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space - will provide additional capacity for the company's axle and brake assembly operations and component manufacturing.

"We are looking forward to beginning construction of this new facility," said Carsten Reinhardt, president of CVS for ArvinMeritor. This investment demonstrates our commitment to being a leading supplier in the North American truck industry." Start of production is scheduled for May 2008.

Reinhardt added, "We have worked closely with government officials in the state of Nuevo Leon to expeditiously plan and launch this facility so that we are operational prior to the anticipated upturn in the North American markets."

Alejandro Paez Aragon, Secretary of Economic Development, said, "We are very pleased that ArvinMeritor has selected the state of Nuevo Leon for their new facility in Mexico. This action continues to demonstrate that Mexico, in general, and particularly, the State of Nuevo Leon, is a strong competitor for new operations as automotive and truck manufacturers - and their suppliers - expand their operations in North America."

ArvinMeritor's additional operations in Mexico include:

  • Wheels facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico
  • Roof and door module facility in Puebla, Mexico
  • Ride Control Aftermarket facility in Queretaro, Mexico
  • Commercial vehicle aftermarket warehouse in Escobedo, Mexico
  • Sistemas Automotrices de Mexico joint venture in Monterrey, Mexico, which manufactures axles, brakes and drivelines for the North American market

About ArvinMeritor

ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier global supplier of a broad range of integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry. The company serves light vehicle, commercial truck, trailer and specialty original equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets. Headquartered in Troy, Mich., ArvinMeritor employs approximately 19,000 people in 25 countries. ArvinMeritor common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ARM. For more information, visit the company's Web site at: http://www.arvinmeritor.com/.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements relating to future results of the company (including certain projections and business trends) that are "forward- looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by words or phrases such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "should," "are likely to be," "will" and similar expressions. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to global economic and market cycles and conditions; the demand for commercial, specialty and light vehicles for which the company supplies products; risks inherent in operating abroad (including foreign currency exchange rates and potential disruption of production and supply due to terrorist attacks or acts of aggression); availability and cost of raw materials, including steel; OEM program delays; demand for and market acceptance of new and existing products; successful development of new products; reliance on major OEM customers; labor relations of the company, its suppliers and customers, including potential disruptions in supply of parts to our facilities or demand for our products due to work stoppages; the financial condition of the company's suppliers and customers, including potential bankruptcies; possible adverse effects of any future suspension of normal trade credit terms by our suppliers; potential difficulties competing with companies that have avoided their existing contracts in bankruptcy and reorganization proceedings; successful integration of acquired or merged businesses; the ability to achieve the expected annual savings and synergies from past and future business combinations and the ability to achieve the expected benefits of restructuring actions; success and timing of potential divestitures; impairment of long-lived assets, including goodwill; competitive product and pricing pressures; the amount of the company's debt; the ability of the company to continue to comply with covenants in its financing agreements; the ability of the company to access capital markets; credit ratings of the company's debt; the outcome of existing and any future legal proceedings, including any litigation with respect to environmental or asbestos-related matters; rising costs of pension and other post-retirement benefits and possible changes in pension and other accounting rules; as well as other risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to those detailed from time to time in filings of the company with the SEC. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.

SOURCE ArvinMeritor, Inc.

CONTACT: Media, Krista McClure, +1-248-435-7115,
krista.mcclure@arvinmeritor.com, or Investors, Terry Huch, +1-248-435-9426,
terry.huch@arvinmeritor.com, both of ArvinMeritor, Inc.
Web site: http://www.arvinmeritor.com

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