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ArvinMeritor Announces Intention to Establish New Trailer Axle and Suspension Manufacturing Facility in China

SHANGHAI, China, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- ArvinMeritor, Inc. (NYSE: ARM) today announced it will open a new wholly-owned operation in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China. The 300,000 sq. ft. facility will initially manufacture trailer axles and suspensions for key trailer manufacturers in China, as well as for export of components to North American and European plants. The company's board of directors approved the investment in the new facility.

Production is estimated to begin in the first half of 2007.

Other drivetrain and brake components will be added to the operation's portfolio, as the company continues to pursue its strategic enterprise model.

"As the country's infrastructure improves, tractor-trailer configurations are expected to rise exponentially, and we will be ready to support both current and future market needs with advanced technology," said Sergio Carvalho, vice president and general manager of ArvinMeritor's Trailer Products and Suspensions business.

Investment in the Wuxi operation will include $35 million for new equipment.

The company has identified local sourcing for its components, which furthers its integrated manufacturing strategy to bring all aspects of the supply chain within close proximity of the facility.

Background

ArvinMeritor is the worldwide market leader for trailer axles and plans to become a major player in China's growing trailer undercarriage market.

Today, the company has four Commercial Vehicle Systems (CVS) manufacturing facilities in China, with one being wholly-owned and the remaining three operating as joint venture partnerships. These locations assemble or produce axles, brakes and related components for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, off- highway and bus and coach markets, in addition to the aftermarket. All products are produced for export or are supplied to leading vehicle manufacturers in China.

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.

CONTACT:
Media Inquiries:
D. Mike Pennington
248-435-1933
mobile: 248-670-5736
david.pennington@arvinmeritor.com

Krista McClure
248-435-7115
krista.mcclure@arvinmeritor.com

Investor Inquiries:
Terry Huch
248-435-9426
terry.huch@arvinmeritor.com
all of ArvinMeritor, Inc.

 
 
 
 
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