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MAJOR SUNROOF ORDER FOR FORD EXPLORER WILL INCREASE VOLUMES AT ROCKWELL PLANT

 MAJOR SUNROOF ORDER FOR FORD EXPLORER
 WILL INCREASE VOLUMES AT ROCKWELL PLANT
 TROY, Mich., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Rockwell International Corporation (NYSE: ROK) has received a major new order for electric sunroof modules for the popular Ford Explorer.
 According to Robert A. Calder, vice president and general manager of Rockwell's Automotive Body Systems, the sunroof module will be supplied for the popular Explorer vehicle beginning in 1995. "This new order permits us to proceed with plans for greatly enlarging both the production and product development capabilities at our sunroof facility in Brighton, Mich.," Calder said.
 "We will have additional designers, product engineers, process engineers and other specialists in support of the new Ford order," Calder noted. "Additionally, we are staffing up to further develop the Brighton facility as our North American center of expertise for sunroof technology," he explained.
 Based on European Design
 The electric sunroof for the Explorer is similar to a module Rockwell currently supplies for several car lines in Europe at a production rate of approximately 3,000 daily. "To date, more than a million of those European modules have been produced and are in service, and have an outstanding record of high quality and durability," said Peter Krueger, Rockwell's general manager, Roof Systems, North America.
 The module is designed for rapid, on-line installation at the vehicle assembly plant.
 "Before delivery to Ford, every sunroof module will automatically be completely activated and quality-inspected at the end of the Brighton sunroof production line," Krueger said.
 Rockwell's Brighton sunroof facility currently is supplying sunroofs under new contracts to Mazda Motors' plant in Flat Rock, Mich., and to Volkswagen's assembly facility in Mexico.
 Rockwell's Automotive Body Systems is one of the largest suppliers of sunroof modules in Europe. It also supplies sunroofs to Japan.
 Automotive Body Systems is a unit of Rockwell's Automotive Body and Chassis Systems, a business which operates 23 production facilities in North America, Brazil, Europe, Australia and Asia.
 Rockwell International is a multi-industry company applying advanced technology to a wide range of products in its electronics, aerospace, automotive and graphics businesses.
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 /CONTACT: R.H. Pacini of Rockwell International, 313-435-1752/
 (ROK F) CO: Rockwell International; Ford Motor Company ST: Michigan IN: AUT SU: CON


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