Delphi Aftermarket Operations, a division of Delphi Automotive Systems (NYSE: DPH), announced today that it has joined the European business-to-business (B2B) enterprise TecCom GmbH with an equity stake in the online automotive aftermarket procurement solution. The announcement was made here in conjunction with the division's participation in Automechanika 2000 (Hall 4, Stand C55), a major European aftermarket trade show.

TecCom, which was formed in August, is an electronic communications system developed under contract from TecDoc as an industry solution for the US$80 billion European automotive aftermarket. The innovative Internet and EDIFACT-based system allows the integration of supply-chain management requirements and online data search and ordering between manufacturers, distributors and repair shops. The system also offers fully electronic business transactions, which significantly reduce costs throughout the entire distribution channel.

Delphi joins 14 other parts manufacturer TecCom shareholders like Bosch, Hella, Federal-Mogul, Magneti Marelli and Siemens. The group brings the exchange a base of more than 150 established business relationships.

"Investment in TecCom gives Delphi an important stake in this established exchange which will facilitate pricing, order processing, delivery tracking and cataloging for Delphi's aftermarket products across the continent," said Francisco (Frank) A. Ordonez, general manager of Delphi Aftermarket Operations. "TecCom also supports our vision to be the automotive parts supplier 'Partner of Choice' through advanced innovation technology, refined distribution channels and value-added services while promoting the Delphi brand."

The not-for-profit TecDoc organization was founded in 1994 by 24 major
automotive parts suppliers to standardize and catalog the European automotive parts market. TecDoc remains the leading data information supplier for catalog and technical information in Europe.

An alliance with Siemens Business Systems in 1997 allowed TecDoc to develop TecCom, a for-profit enterprise to develop and operate software systems to integrate supply-chain management requirements and online data search and ordering between manufacturers, distributors and repair shops.