STUTTGART, Germany, May 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ArvinMeritor, Inc.
(NYSE: ARM) today unveiled the company's Light Vehicle Systems (LVS)
suspension module product portfolio for the first time in Europe. Until now,
ArvinMeritor -- which is the supplier of three different suspension modules
for the 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee -- has principally focused its marketing
efforts on North America. Today's announcement was made from the company's
exhibit booth at the annual Vehicle Dynamics Expo in Stuttgart.
"ArvinMeritor's light vehicle suspension module business, which was formed
in 2002, is one of the company's many success stories -- growing to an
estimated $600 million by 2008," said Sidney Del Gaudio, vice president and
general manager of LVS Undercarriage Systems for ArvinMeritor. "We are one of
a few Tier One suppliers that have the technical, design, manufacturing and
logistical expertise and capabilities to provide complete suspension modules
on a global basis."
ArvinMeritor's light vehicle suspension module portfolio includes:
Cross-car cradle module: Currently in production, this module contains 12
major components including the axle, cradle, lower control arm, steering gear
and stabilizer bar.
Wheel-end module: Currently in production, this module contains five major
components including the knuckle, caliper, rotor, heat shield, and hub and
Coil-over shock module: Currently in production, this module contains four
major components including the coil spring, shock and upper shock mount.
Air suspension systems: Currently in development, ArvinMeritor's full
system integration approach for air suspension systems improves ride and
handling, and allows for load leveling and height adjustability.
Active roll control systems: Currently in development, ArvinMeritor's
hydraulically-assisted stabilizer bar system improves ride, handling and
safety, as well as enhances the capability of stability control systems.
Adaptive damping system: Currently in development, this product offers
increased safety and comfort by actively adjusting damping forces in the shock
Also announced today, in a separate press release, are plans to develop
and commercialize a hydraulically-coupled, electric power steering system.
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
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This press release also 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. 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 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 customers and suppliers; the financial condition
of the company's suppliers and customers, including potential bankruptcies;
successful integration of acquired or merged businesses; the ability to
achieve the expected annual savings and synergies from past and future
business combinations; success and timing of potential divestitures; potential
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 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; as well as other
risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, those detailed from
time to time in the filings of the company with the Securities and Exchange
SOURCE ArvinMeritor, Inc.