ArvinMeritor has named Ed Frutig vice president and general manager of light vehicle systems (LVS) chassis systems.

“[Frutig’s] prior experience in developing and leading successful global automotive system businesses, including 10 years specifically dedicated to chassis systems, makes him a great addition to the ArvinMeritor team,” said Phil Martens, president of LVS.

“[He] will be extremely valuable in supporting the company’s global efforts to develop, produce and deliver vehicle stability and ride control solutions that are scalable in performance yet modular in design and assembly.”

ArvinMeritor’s chassis systems business unit includes the newly-combined ride control group offering light-, medium- and heavy-duty original equipment and replacement shock absorbers and struts; the light vehicle suspension modules group offering original equipment cross-car and wheel-end chassis modules; and the Meritor Suspension Systems Company (Mssc) joint venture offering coil springs, and stabiliser and torsion bars for the North American passenger car market.

In July 2006, ArvinMeritor announced it would sell its joint venture shares to partner Mitsubishi Steel Manufacturing (MSM).

On 29 March, MSM announced that both companies support the long-term viability of the partnership, and would continue in the joint venture as currently structured.

Frutig most recently was vice president of global sales and engineering at Cooper-Standard Automotive where he headed engineering, sales, programme management and finance for the fluid systems business.

Frutig has more than 20 years of automotive experience, including various management posts at ZF, Visteon, Ford and General Motors.

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