GERMANY: Visteon announces big deal with Mercedes-Benz Truck Division
Visteon Corporation has secured a contract with DaimlerChrysler's Mercedes-Benz Truck Division to supply instrument panels, audio systems and cockpits for current and future vehicles.
The cockpits will be supplied from Visteon's Rougegoutte facility in France and from its Arbor Plant in Sao Paolo (Brazil).
In Rougegoutte 550 workers manufacture over 675,000 instrument panels and plastics products per annum for OEM's. The Arbor Plant currently employs around 2,800 people and manufactures over 10 million units per annum (including cockpits) for vehicle manufacturers around the world.
``We are very pleased with the growth of our business with DaimlerChrysler. They are driven by advanced technology and first class quality,'' said Jeremy Goddard, Visteon's Program Director for DaimlerChrysler. ``Visteon provides them with a fine portfolio of leading technologies and the ability to supply these cost-effectively and on a global scale. It's a good fit.''
Visteon's relationship with Mercedes-Benz began in March 2000. At that time, Visteon began supplying 24V audio units for the DCX Mercedes-Benz Heavy Truck Division for installation in the Actros and Atego. The 24V audios were developed incorporating functions such as RDS traffic information, tape and CD drives. These are manufactured at Visteon's Palmela facility in Portugal. Visteon's Palmela plant now ships 70,000 units each year to the Mercedes-Benz truck plants in Germany and Turkey.