Intier Automotive Inc. (an automotive interiors supplier and integrator that is majority owned by Magna International) has announced that it has established a global strategic alliance with Delphi Corporation. Intier says that the non-exclusive alliance will enable the company to more efficiently develop and deliver complete interior vehicle systems, including advanced electrical architectures and wiring harnesses, to OEM customers around the world.

"This is an important step in implementing our electronic and electrical strategy," said Intier President and CEO Don Walker. "Partnering with industry leaders has been part of our strategic plan since we launched Intier, and we've enhanced our position by aligning ourselves with a truly outstanding partner in Delphi."

Delphi is a global supplier of automotive electrical/electronic distribution (E/ED) and connection systems and according to terms of the alliance, Delphi will provide Intier with on-site resident engineers and other dedicated resources in their various development and manufacturing facilities in North America. Intier says that these resources are expected to expand to other global locations as joint activities develop.

"Delphi is very pleased to be working with Intier," said Paul Miller, business line executive E/ED systems, Delphi Packard Electric. "They understand the importance of upfront development of electrical/electronic systems and interior systems integration. By working together, we can offer state-of-the-art products and engineering solutions that enable us to balance the design and function of our customers' vehicles."

Intier and Delphi will work together to identify and manage specific joint-development projects, as well as pursue targeted vehicle platforms and production programs on a global scale. Joint-development projects will include advanced architecture concepts for complete cockpit, overhead, seating and closure systems. Technologies will include integrated and in-mould power and signal distribution, smart connectors with integrated electronics, flatwire technologies, wireless interconnects, and hybrid vehicle and dual-voltage systems.

Intier says the primary objective is to achieve functional optimisation and physical integration in order to provide OEMs with increased value at a more competitive cost.

"Customers today are looking for the latest technology at the greatest value so they can offer differentiating features at affordable prices," said Steve Duca, global engineering director, Delphi Packard Electric Systems. "By leveraging our strengths in a strategic alliance, Intier and Delphi can offer more together than we could independently. It's basically one plus one equals three, and our customers are the beneficiaries."

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