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Benteler Automotive Opens New Technology Center at North American Headquarters; Facility will enhance supplier's ability to provide integrated technology solutions to automotive OEMs.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Benteler Automotive today officially opened the doors of a new, state-of-the art technology center at its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. An open house and ribbon cutting ceremony was held to introduce the new facility to customers and the Metro Detroit community.

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The establishment of this technical center enables Benteler to be closer to and work cooperatively with OEM customers also based in the Detroit area. The 80,000 square-foot facility provides the company with a North American center of excellence for advanced research and development of automotive components, modules and systems.

Benteler Automotive chief executive officer Nick Ghoussaini said, "We are firmly committed to becoming the preferred systems supplier to our North American OEM and global customers. This new facility will support our quest to go beyond today's demands and create new technological systems that improve quality and simplify how automakers do business."

Walter Frankiewicz, president of Benteler Automotive North American Operations, said the facility will play a key role in the company's efforts to expand its current reputation as a leading European automotive supplier to one as a leading global supplier.

"We have the technological expertise, experience and manufacturing excellence to become one of the world's foremost Tier One suppliers," he said. "Now, we have an advanced technology center right here in the automotive capital of North America to help us further leverage these great assets and maximize value for our customers."

Benteler Automotive's technology center, which is divided equally into office and research and development testing space, is located at the company's North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. The company relocated its headquarters to Auburn Hills in August 2001, from Grand Rapids, Michigan. In addition to this new facility, Benteler operates technology centers in Germany and The Netherlands.

The technical center opening is yet another indication of Benteler's plan to become a world leading systems supplier. In recent months, Benteler acquired PD&E, the vehicle development arm of NedCar, which was a joint venture between Mitsubishi and Volvo. PD&E provides a complimentary "vehicle systems" technology resource to the design, development and testing capabilities Benteler has in Auburn Hills.

Benteler's automotive business supplies automotive components, modules and systems to a global customer base. Its product lines include chassis components and modules, safety and structural products, exhaust systems, and tubular components and systems. Headquartered in Paderborn, Germany, the company is one of four business units owned by Benteler AG: Automotive, Steel/Tube, Mechanical Engineering, and Trade. Benteler AG, with sales of $2.9 billion, operates 40 manufacturing facilities in 13 countries and employs more than 17,500 people.

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Contact: Sarah A. Vander Wal of Benteler Automotive, Inc., +1-248-364-7192, vanderwal@benteler.com

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