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ALLIEDSIGNAL AUTOMOTIVE FORMS NEW BRAKING SYSTEMS UNIT

 SOUTHFIELD, Mich., July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- AlliedSignal Automotive President Ralph E. Reins has announced the formation of a new business unit, AlliedSignal Braking Systems, which combines the company's automotive brake and friction materials businesses on a global basis.
 The new unit will be headquartered in Drancy, France -- the first worldwide AlliedSignal business unit to be based outside the United States.
 Led by Stephen Rabinowitz, president of AlliedSignal Braking Systems, the new unit will allow the company to better serve its automotive customers in the original equipment market. Rabinowitz, formerly vice president of AlliedSignal Friction Materials, will report to Reins and will maintain offices at AlliedSignal Automotive's headquarters in Southfield, as well as in France.
 AlliedSignal is a leading global producer of automotive and truck braking systems.
 In fact, Reins noted, "AlliedSignal is one of the few brake companies that can develop, manufacture and support complete braking systems, including ABS (anti-lock braking systems); actuation; disc and drum brakes; disc brake friction pads, brakeshoes and linings; and friction blocks.
 "This new organization," Reins added, "will focus our efforts on enhancing innovation, speed and reliability as we create and deliver the highest-quality brake systems to our customers worldwide."
 According to Rabinowitz, "The brake business represents about half of AlliedSignal Automotive's sales. This new organization will provide our customers with complete braking systems capability, as well as world-class brake system components, while reducing cycle times and taking advantage of synergies in product development, testing, sales and marketing and business planning.
 "As always, we will protect the confidential business relationships with our friction materials suppliers and brake manufacturing customers, while offering the best possible solutions to our customers' needs," Rabinowitz added.
 Reporting to Rabinowitz in the new business unit are:
 -- Bill Wilcock, president of AlliedSignal Braking Systems North America, which encompasses the combined brake and friction business in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Wilcock, formerly vice president, AlliedSignal Brake Systems, will continue to be based in South Bend, Ind. The North American operations include about 4,500 employees at 16 locations.
 -- Gerard Mura, president of AlliedSignal Braking Systems Europe, which combines the friction and brake systems operations for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Mura, who formerly led AlliedSignal's brake business in Europe, is based in Drancy. The European operations encompass more than 10,000 employees at 27 locations.
 -- Nelson Higino da Silva, who will continue as president of AlliedSignal Automotive in South America, managing the brake, friction and turbocharging businesses in that country.
 -- AlliedSignal Braking Systems Asia/Pacific, which will be established to lead growth into the rapidly developing markets of China and Southeast Asia, as well as building on existing joint ventures and affiliations in Japan, India and Korea.
 -- Robert Jackman, who will continue as managing director of Bendix-Mintex, a joint venture company headquartered in Ballarat, Australia.
 AlliedSignal Automotive is a $4.5 billion unit of AlliedSignal Inc. (NYSE: ALD) of Morristown, N.J., an advanced manufacturing company serving customers worldwide with quality aerospace and automotive products, chemicals, fibers, plastics and advanced materials.
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 /NOTE: Photo and bio of Dr. Stephen Rabinowitz are available. CONTACT: Jim Fisher of AlliedSignal Automotive, 313-827-5454/
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