Asahi Tec company Metaldyne on Wednesday said it had been awarded a $US70m contract from an unspecified global automaker to supply chassis products for multiple 2007-2008 model-year car and truck platforms.

The first programme is currently in production in the United States; the second begins production in Mexico later this year; and a third launches in China in 2008.

Metaldyne will supply front and rear knuckle assemblies and front lower control arm assemblies that reduce cost, weight and complexity, and improve noise, vibration and harshness (NVH).

“The real value is in the design process,” said Joe Nowak, president of Metaldyne’s chassis group.

“For example, we’re able to simplify the system by integrating ball joints into the assemblies. This new contract allows us to continue to expand our portfolio across many global markets and provides our customers with the next-generation in chassis development.”