Nishikawa Rubber Company Ltd. and Cooper-Standard Automotive, an operating group of Cooper Tire & Rubber Company, have announced today the strengthening of their long-term strategic global alliance. The two companies have created a Global Synergies Board, which will oversee the activities of a number of functional synergy teams acting on a global basis.

Leadership of these initiatives will be through a Global Synergies Board made up of the following: representing Nishikawa Rubber Company, Eiso Tamaki, executive vice president; Nick Miyoshi, general manager of International Sales & Engineering; Tetsuo Uemachi, managing director; and representing Cooper-Standard Automotive, Rod Millhof, president of Global Sealing Division; Brian Batey, president of European Sealing Division; and Frank Burnside, president of North American Sealing Division. Reporting to the Global Synergies Board will be teams covering global program management, technology, commercial, manufacturing and other synergies.

Both Tamaki and Millhof emphasized that the initiative would strengthen the ability of the two companies to offer a fully integrated approach to global customers. "By combining the best practices of each company, we will be in a unique position to support our customers' global design and manufacturing requirements as well as their demands for full-service support, innovation, quality and competitiveness," Millhof said.

Company Description

Cooper Tire & Rubber Company is headquartered in Findlay, Ohio and specializes in the manufacture and marketing of automotive products. Products for Cooper's Tire Group include automotive, motorcycle and truck tires, inner tubes, tread rubber and equipment. In the Automotive Group, Cooper is an original equipment supplier of sealing, trim, NVH control systems and fluid handling systems for the automotive industry in North America, Europe, Australia and South America. Cooper has more than 25,000 employees and 77 manufacturing facilities in 13 countries. For more information, visit the Company's web site, www.coopertire.com

Nishikawa Rubber Company Ltd. (NRC) is headquartered in Hiroshima, Japan and specializes in the manufacture of automotive products as well as diversified products for the housing and construction industry, cosmetics industry and medical industry. NRC is the largest automotive weather strip supplier in Japan, supplying to all automotive makers in Japan including 100% of the convertible car market. NRC has four wholly owned manufacturing facilities in Japan and employs 1,500 people. For more information, visit the company's web site at: www.nishikawa-rbr.co.jp