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UK: ArvinMeritor to combine trailer and brake operations in Wales

By just-auto.com editorial team | 5 September 2005

ArvinMeritor has announced that its commercial vehicle systems (CVS) trailer systems (axle and suspension) manufacturing will relocate to the company's current braking systems European manufacturing headquarters in Cwmbran, Wales.

When ArvinMeritor opened consultations recently for the closure of trailer axle manufacturing at its Wrexham plant, it announced the consideration of several alternative locations in both western and eastern Europe. The Welsh Development Agency, with the aid of a regional assistance grant from the Welsh Assembly, was instrumental in the retention of the company's trailer axle manufacturing within the United Kingdom.

"Combining facilities to strengthen our global manufacturing base is in line with our corporate strategy," said ArvinMeritor head Chip McClure. "These actions support our efforts to be more efficient, avoid creating excess capacity and improve our financial performance."

"The combination of trailer and braking system manufacturing makes sense for our business and our customers, and is totally aligned with our strategy and growth plans," said Sergio Carvalho, head of CVS Trailer Systems.  "The decision will improve long-term competitiveness."

Details regarding timing will be announced soon, a company statement said.