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ArvinMeritor Introduces Plastic Door Module
SULLY- SUR-LOIRE, France, June 2 (ots/PRNewswire) - 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 assembly complexity."
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 US$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 US$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: http://www.arvinmeritor.com/ .
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