Delphi Automotive Systems (NYSE: DPH) will invest $7.8 million in its Coopersville, Mich., operations to begin production on the Multec 3 fuel injector and the Multipoint Flexible Injection system (MFI).

Delphi will invest $2.2 million for equipment to produce its Multec 3 fuel injector. The Multec 3 injector is designed to provide competitive performance and target new automotive and non-automotive customers, said Ed DiEnno, Coopersville plant manager. Delphi currently supplies electronic fuel injectors for use on many North American and worldwide automotive engine applications.

"The design flexibility of the Multec 3 injector will allow us to go after new markets, including other vehicle and non-automotive manufacturers," DiEnno said.

Delphi will invest $5.6 million on equipment for the MFI system. The MFI system is designed primarily for light trucks and sport-utility vehicles.

"The MFI injector offers improved durability, fuel efficiency and lower emissions," DiEnno said. "These new products will help us meet tougher emissions standards."

The business case for making the investment in Coopersville was helped by the City Council's recent approval of a nine-year, 50-percent tax abatement for the project. In each of the next nine years, Delphi will pay approximately $66,000 in additional taxes to city, county and other tax jurisdictions.

Multi-national Delphi Automotive Systems, with headquarters in Troy,
Mich., USA; Paris; Tokyo; and Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a world leader in mobile electronics and transportation components and systems technology.

Delphi's three business sectors -- Dynamics & Propulsion; Safety, Thermal & Electrical Architecture; and Electronics & Mobile Communication -- provide comprehensive product solutions to complex customer needs.

Delphi has approximately 216,000 employees and operates 179 wholly owned manufacturing sites, 41 joint ventures, 53 customer centers and sales offices and 31 technical centers in 39 countries. Delphi can be found on the Internet at