SULLY-SUR-LOIRE, France, June 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ArvinMeritor,
Inc. (NYSE: ARM) announced today that its Light Vehicle Systems (LVS) business
group has begun marketing its Highly-Integrated Plastic (HIP) door module to
customers as an alternative to traditional steel door carrier frames.
ArvinMeritor's HIP door module, made from a lightweight, high-strength plastic
composite, reduces the cost of the door module by integrating a number of
electrical and mechanical components into the plastic mold.
"Traditional door modules mount the window regulator, latch, speaker,
motor and electronics to a large steel carrier plate using a number of bolts
and clips," said Charles Hopson, vice president of Engineering for Door
Systems within LVS. "Through plastics molding technology, ArvinMeritor has
designed a number of components, such as rivets, fittings and guide rails
directly into the plastic module for improved product quality and reduced
In addition to assembly simplification, the HIP door module weighs
approximately 25 percent less than its steel counterpart. And, because the
plastic composite is more sound absorbent than steel, the HIP will help to
reduce the amount of road noise that enters the interior of the vehicle.
ArvinMeritor's Light Vehicle Systems (LVS) business group posted $4.8
billion in sales during fiscal year 2004, and employs 17,000 people at 75
facilities in 23 countries. LVS -- a market leader in the product categories
it serves -- supplies integrated systems and modules to the world's leading
passenger car and light truck OEMs. With advanced technology and systems
design expertise in apertures, undercarriage, wheel and emissions control, LVS
combines high-quality components into cost-effective, performance-based
solutions for virtually every car and light truck on the road today.
ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier $8 billion 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 related aftermarkets.
Headquartered in Troy, Mich., ArvinMeritor employs approximately 31,000 people
at more than 120 manufacturing facilities 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:
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