News of September 07, 1999
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Lemmerz International Receives Two Contracts for Aluminum Intake Components for the New
Ford High-Profile Vehicles
|NORTHVILLE, Mich., August 31, 1999 - Hayes Lemmerz International, Inc.
today announced that it had received two contracts for Ford intake manifolds.
Lemmerz will be providing 6.8-litre upper aluminum intake manifolds for the Ford F-Series
Super Duty trucks and the new Ford Excursion, plus 2.0-litre aluminum intake manifolds for
the new Ford Focus sedan. The 6.8L intakes will be produced at the facility in Wabash,
Indiana and the 2.0L intake will be provided at the facility in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico.
Products made at these facilities include intake and exhaust manifolds, cylinder heads,
and water pump housings.
"Being associated with these great new programs further demonstrates our
application of innovative manufacturing processes and technology as the automotive
industry moves towards lightweight aluminum components," said Ron Cucuz, President
and CEO of Hayes Lemmerz International. "We are proud to be one of the world's
leaders in lightweight aluminum automotive products and expect to continue to benefit from
our strong position as aluminum penetration on cars and light trucks continues to expand
over the next several years."
Instruments Acquires German Automotive Software Company / Acquisition Resolves
Infringement Dispute on LabVIEW(TM) Patent
|AUSTIN, Texas, September 7, 1999 - National Instruments Germany GmbH
announced today that it has acquired GfS Systemtechnik GmbH & Co.KG (Aachen, Germany),
and related subsidiaries. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. GfS,
founded in 1981, is a leading software provider for the German automotive industry with
branch offices in Berlin, Dresden, Hamburg and Munich plus a United States subsidiary in
"The combined technologies and expertise of National Instruments
and GfS bring to the global marketplace the leading computer-based measurement and
automation solutions for the automotive industry," said Dr. James Truchard, President
and CEO of National Instruments. "We are excited about further expanding our research
and development base in Germany, adding the new employees to the National Instruments
team, and providing expanded coverage for GfS." Dr. Truchard added the 80 GfS
employees will continue their current employment, and that Dr. Wilfried Melder, President
of GfS, will remain as President (Geschaftsfuehrer) of the new National Instruments
National Instruments will be adding the GfS products to its portfolio of software
products for measurement and automation applications including DIAdem(R), standard
software for processing measured data under Windows.
Manufacturing to Build Facility in South Africa, Invest in Florange, France
Catoosa, Okla., August 31, 1999 - ASEC Manufacturing is investing $5 million to build a
new exhaust catalyst manufacturing facility in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, according to
Guy S. Jones, managing director of ASEC Manufacturing. A catalyst is the key component
inside a catalytic converter, which transforms smog-causing hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide
and oxides of nitrogen to harmless gases.
The investment of $5 million will fund new
equipment, engineering and facilities to support the localization of the catalyst plant in
Port Elizabeth. The investment enables ASEC Manufacturing to secure new business and meet
existing contracts in the region.
ASEC Manufacturing is also investing $1.2 million in its Florange, France, exhaust
catalyst manufacturing facility, Jones said. The investment is for equipment and
operations required to expand the Florange plant's catalyst operations. The expansion is
necessary to meet the demands of several European vehicle programs. "These
investments will allow us to better grow the business and supply our global
customers," Jones said. "Investing in our facilities, equipment and processes
will enable our people to become leaders in the automotive environmental catalyst business
on a global basis."
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