USA/GERMANY: Navistar and MAN announce heavy-duty truck component systems collaboration

By just-auto.com editorial team | 6 December 2004

Navistar International Corporation and MAN Nutzfahrzeuge AG of Munich, Germany announced today that they have signed a strategic agreement to collaborate on design, development, sourcing and manufacturing of components and systems for commercial trucks, including a range of diesel engines.
Navistar's operating company, International Truck and Engine Corporation, and MAN are both leaders in the truck, bus and diesel engine business in their respective geographic markets; MAN in Europe and International in North and South America.

Daniel C. Ustian, Navistar chairman, president and chief executive officer, noted that both International and MAN have extensive experience and expertise and seek to benefit from each other's technologies and combined volumes for economies of scale.

"This agreement is one of a number of opportunities we are exploring for strategic growth in order to achieve long-term success and to meet our goal of reaching $15 billion in revenues and commensurate returns by the end of the current business cycle," Ustian said.

Jack Allen, president of International's Engine Group, said both companies have agreed to not comment on any specific components or applications at this time for competitive reasons.

"We have a strategic collaboration agreement with MAN and we are exploring a number of opportunities to expand our International engine product line and to offer the value of integrated products for our customers," Allen explained. "We see potential opportunities as we collaborate on design, development, sourcing and manufacturing of components and systems."

Hakan Samuelsson, CEO of MAN commented, "With this alliance we aim to reach world class volumes for systems and heavy truck engines, giving us considerable synergies, economies of scale and flexibility in supplying plants."