TROY, Mich., Jan. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- ArvinMeritor, Inc. (NYSE: ARM) and ZF
are delighted with the latest ruling from the International Trade Commission
on the importation of the FreedomLine transmissions, manufactured by ZF
Friedrichshafen in Germany.
"We were confident that the re-design did not infringe on the 279 patent,
and the ruling has certainly verified our position in serving customers,"
stated Wolfgang Vogel, executive vice president, Commercial Vehicle
Transmissions, and a member of the management board of ZF Friedrichshafen AG.
With strong fleet acceptance, the FreedomLine automated mechanical
transmission entered North America in 2001. The component's ease of operation
and improved fuel economy have contributed to motor carriers' profitable
"Our commitment to technology advancements like FreedomLine remain ever
diligent, and we will continue to pursue a freedom of technology choice on our
customers' behalf," added Tom Gosnell, president of ArvinMeritor Commercial
Vehicle Systems. "The transmission remains a strong viable powertrain option
for our customers who desire a choice in gearboxes."
ZF is one of the world's leading automotive industry suppliers
specializing in driveline and chassis systems. With around 54,500 employees,
the company operates 125 plants located in 26 countries. ZF Group revenues in
2004 totaled E9.9billion. ZF is the third-largest automotive supplier in
Germany and ranks in the number 15 position worldwide.
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 29,000 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: http://www.arvinmeritor.com.
SOURCE ArvinMeritor, Inc.
D. Mike Pennington
both of ArvinMeritor, Inc.