ArvinMeritor on Friday said its Light Vehicle Systems (LVS) business group had formed a joint venture with Pyeong Hwa Automotive (PHA) for the final assembly of fully integrated door modules delivered just-in-time and sequenced for Kia Motors Corporation's new plant in Slovakia.

The plant is building the new C-segment Ceed hatchback for sale only in Europe from the end of the year.

"Winning such a prestigious contract with Kia Motors is one more example of how our door module strategy continues to gain global customer acceptance," said Deborah Henderson, vice president and general manager of Door Systems for LVS. "We are honoured to partner with PHA, and together serve Kia from a new customer value centre located in Kysucke Nove Mesto - just 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Kia's plant in Teplicka nad Vahom."

ArvinMeritor and PHA also have various licence and supply agreements for door module design and components for Hyundai in Korea and the United States.

ArvinMeritor began producing components and systems in central and eastern Europe in 1992, with the opening of a door systems operation in Liberec, Czech Republic. The company's Slovakia facility is the seventh operation to be established in the region.

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