Despite economical, political and social crises in Colombia, Dana Corporation has recently invested $US600,000 dollars in its local unit, writes Juan Carlos Vargas.

The American car components supplier has had a presence in Colombia for 25 years through a company called Transejes, whose factory in Bucaramanga, 450 kilometres (320 miles) from Bogota, supplies Spicer axles, CV joints and differentials to local assemblers.


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The investment is to replace obsolete axle dressing machinery, given to Dana by GM's Colombian unit Colmotores, with new tooling.

Dana, besides supplying the axles, also 'dresses' them with braking and suspension components and installs them in vehicles on the assembly line.

The Dana 'micro plant' in GM's Colmotores assembly plant can handle 600 vehicles per day.

This outsourced but in-plant modular subassembly deal means Dana takes responsibility for local and foreign sourcing of brake discs, callipers, brake pads, shock absorbers and springs for the Suzuki (Alto, Sprint, Esteem, Jimny and Grand Vitara), Opel (Corsa) and Isuzu (Rodeo, Luv and Trooper 960) vehicles GM builds in Colombia.

Dana has offered its in-plant axle outsourcing service to other Colombian assemblers like Compañía Colombiana Automotriz (Mazda and Mitsubishi) and Sofasa (Renault and Toyota), but has struck no further deals so far.

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