Nexteer Automotive has reported financial results for its fiscal year ended 31 December 2017, with revenue reaching US$3.878bn, an increase of 1% when compared with 2016; operating profit of $428m, an increase of 3.1% when compared with 2016; and net profit of $352m, an increase of 19.4% when compared with 2016. The company also generated total cash flow of $99m, reflecting strong cash generated from operations, continued capital investment discipline and funding of debt service and shareholder returns. Nexteer's backlog stood at $23.9bn at the end of 2017.

Nexteer's 2017 results highlight 'ongoing execution and focus on delivering long-term profitable growth', the company said. The company says it successfully launched 32 major customer programs while expanding its global footprint to support future growth. Nexteer continued to expand in regions of strategic importance to its diverse customer base, opening three new production facilities in Brazil, Mexico and Indonesia and a customer service centre in Japan. Nexteer also announced two facility groundbreakings in China in 2017 – a new technical centre in Suzhou, China and a new production facility in Liuzhou, China.

The company also announced several strategic joint ventures and partnerships in 2017, including CNXMotion, Wabco and Dongfeng Components. CNXMotion is an R&D joint venture with Continental Automotive, dedicated to integrating advanced steering and braking technologies for autonomous vehicle applications. Nexteer and Wabco announced a partnership in which Wabco will supply active steering systems for commercial vehicles using Nexteer's Magnetic Torque Overlay (MTO) technology. Nexteer and Dongfeng Components announced a 50:50 joint venture for the manufacture of automotive steering systems.

In addition to expanding partnerships, Nexteer continued to broaden its comprehensive suite of advanced technologies enabling vehicle autonomy, including Steer-by-Wire, Steering on Demand System, Quiet Wheel Steering, Stowable Column, High Availability Electric Power Steering, MTO and Cyber-Secure Advanced Steering technologies.

As part of the efforts to improve product quality and performance, build enterprise value and optimise productivity, Nexteer launched Digital Trace Manufacturing: One of the most advanced, holistic and integrative approaches to streamlining design and manufacturing in the automotive industry. Ongoing efforts in operating efficiencies and cost reduction actions continued to drive Nexteer's earnings and margin performance in 2017 in a mostly stable OEM production environment.

"Our strong financial performance in 2017 reflects Nexteer's continued emphasis on operational excellence while also expanding our global breadth and technical capabilities. We remain focused on improving operational efficiency and growing an increasingly diversified customer base," Michael Richardson, board executive director and president of Nexteer Automotive, said.

"Our accomplishments during 2017 reflect the ongoing dedication of our global team driving Nexteer's position as a leader in intuitive motion control. We are confident that our relentless innovation along with our strong and aligned capabilities from the design and development of advanced technologies to world-class manufacturing, will continue to differentiate Nexteer as we solve motion control challenges for current and future mobility," Guibin Zhao, chairman and CEO of Nexteer Automotive, said.

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