TROY, Mich., July 13 /PRNewswire/ -- ArvinMeritor, Inc. (NYSE: ARM) today
announced that its U.S. joint venture, Arvin Sango, Inc., received Toyota's
Breakthrough Supplier Quality Recognition for improved product quality and
increased efficiency at its Madison, Ind., exhaust assembly facility. During
a personal visit with employees on June 17, President of Toyota Motor
Manufacturing North America, Inc., Atsushi Niimi, and President of Toyota
Motor Manufacturing Canada, Inc., Ray Tanguay, presented the recognition and
congratulated the team on its achievements.
"Toyota won't accept any kind of defect," noted Dan Baughman, executive
vice president and secretary-treasurer of Arvin Sango, in a recent interview
with The Madison Courier. "In January 2003, the Madison facility began to
take the necessary steps toward achieving the next level of production
quality. With Toyota's help, we set improvement goals, and together we tackled
the tough issues that were impeding our performance. Receiving this
recognition is a great testament to the power of collaboration between a
supplier and its customer."
Arvin Sango, Inc. is a 50/50 joint venture between ArvinMeritor's Light
Vehicle Systems (LVS) business group and Sango Co., Ltd. Formed in 1988, the
business principally serves Toyota in North America with exhaust and emissions
components and systems, as well as body shell stampings.
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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