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GM AUTOMOTIVE COMPONENTS GROUP WORLDWIDE TO OPEN OFFICE IN CHINA

 BEIJING, China, June 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The General Motors Automotive Components Group (ACG) Worldwide will open an office here as part of its Asia/Pacific strategy, it was announced today by William A. Ebbert, recently named president of ACG Asia/Pacific.
 The ACG office will be operational in July, according to Ebbert.
 "It's imperative that ACG Worldwide establish a stronger presence in China, which we view as the fastest growing, highest potential automotive market in the world," said Ebbert. "The Asia/Pacific region as a whole, and China in particular, are important markets for expansion of our customer base outside of GM North America.
 "As the largest automotive components supplier in the world with 1992 sales of nearly $24 billion," Ebbert said, "ACG Worldwide intends to support the impressive growth of the Chinese economy through the introduction of technologically advanced systems and processes to improve the capabilities of the domestic automotive industry. The establishment of an ACG office in Beijing is an important step in that direction."
 In addition to the new Beijing office, Ebbert cited his recent appointment and GM's one-year-old ACG Asian Technical Center Near Tokyo, where he is headquartered, as evidence of ACG Worldwide's commitment to aggressively pursue business opportunities in the Asia/Pacific region.
 Ebbert said several divisions within ACG Worldwide now have business activities within China. These include an AC Rochester license agreement with Zhuzhou Spark Plug, a Delco Remy license agreement with Hubei Auto Electric Motor Plant for starters and generators, technical assistance agreements signed by Packard Electric with Changchun Bulb Factory and Baicheng Automotive Wiring Plant for the manufacture of wiring harnesses, and a Harrison sub-license agreement with Mudanjiang Air Conditioning Factory to manufacture compressors.
 The ACG Worldwide office, Ebbert explained, will help coordinate and build upon these current divisional activities.
 Ebbert also announced that Mr. Rudi von Meister has been named director of China operations for the ACG. In addition to managing the local office, von Meister will focus on developing new business opportunities for all ACG divisions.
 Von Meister joined GM in 1985 as Program Manager - China for the GM Marketing and Product Planning Staff in Detroit. In 1989, he transferred to ACG Headquarters as Manager - China Ventures and International Programs. In 1991, von Meister was appointed Director - Asia/Pacific Operations for GM's Motors Trading Corporation in Detroit.
 Transferring to Zurich, Switzerland in 1992, he was appointed Executive-in-Charge of the Motors Trading Europe office. Earlier this year, von Meister was appointed to his most recent position of Senior Manager - New Business Development for GM Europe in Zurich.
 Von Meister earned a bachelor's degree in communications from the University of Pennsylvania and a master's degree in business administration from Columbia University in New York City. He also studied Chinese at the Stanford Center in Taiwan and at Taiwan Normal University.
 To demonstrate its leadership in systems technology, Ebbert said, ACG Worldwide will participate in the 1993 Beijing International Auto Parts and Manufacturing Technology and Equipment Show in September. ACG Worldwide's seven business segments include Energy Storage and Conversion Systems, Engine Management Systems, Lighting Systems, Occupant Environment Systems, Power and Signal Distribution Systems, Ride and Handling Systems and Thermal Management Systems.
 ACG Worldwide is based in Pontiac, Mich. The group consists of seven divisions: AC Rochester, based in Flint, Mich.; Delco Chassis, based in Dayton, Ohio; Delco Remy, based in Anderson, Ind.; Harrison, based in Lockport, N.Y.; Inland Fisher Guide, based in Warren, Mich.; Packard Electric, based in Warren, Ohio; and Saginaw, based in Saginaw, Mich. ACG Worldwide currently owns and operates 187 manufacturing plants with operations in 22 countries.
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 /CONTACT: Charles C. Licari of ACG Worldwide, 313-857-4411; or David G. Bodkin of GM Asian Public Affairs, 81-3-3746-6670/
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