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ROCKWELL'S AUTOMOTIVE BODY SYSTEMS GROWTH SPURS EXPANSION OF NORTH AMERICAN PLANTS

 ROCKWELL'S AUTOMOTIVE BODY SYSTEMS GROWTH SPURS EXPANSION
 OF NORTH AMERICAN PLANTS
 TROY, Mich., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Rockwell International Corporation's Automotive Body Systems (ABS) business in North America has been awarded new orders for sunroof and window regulator systems.
 Robert A. Calder, vice president and general manager of Automotive Body Systems, said the sunroof systems orders will require a substantial expansion of production capability at the company's roof systems plant in Brighton, Mich.
 "These new orders are fruits of our strategy to bring to North American customers the sunroof technology that has made us market leaders in Europe," Calder said.
 "We are launching production of sunroofs at Brighton for Mazda, which will be followed closely by the production launch in May of a sunroof system for Volkswagen's manufacturing and assembly facility in Puebla, Mexico," Calder said.
 "Our most recent order involving sunroofs for the Ford Explorer, will result in a substantial increase in production at Brighton," Calder added.
 Rockwell has invested and will continue to invest heavily in new equipment, and training to increase the production capacity at the Brighton facility," Calder said.
 "We are sending some of our Brighton employees to Rockwell's sunroof Center of Expertise in Germany, to provide them with detailed training and hands-on experience in high volume, world class production methods, which we will now implement at Brighton," Calder explained.
 Calder noted that several other sunroofs have been developed for various North American automakers. The award of supply contracts for these programs will accelerate and increase expansion at the Brighton facility, he said.
 Window Regulator Business
 One new window regulator order involves both powered and manual drum-and-cable type regulator systems for Mazda's 626 model which will be assembled at the Mazda plant in Flat Rock, Mich., beginning in mid- 1993.
 Another new window regular system order has been awarded by Mitsubishi's Diamond-Star Motors for the new 1994 Galant model.
 "We have nearly doubled our window regulator business in North America from a small base just five years ago, and anticipate continued growth," he said.
 "The new window regulator business, together with orders for Rockwell seat adjuster systems, will be sourced from our facility in Bracebridge, Ontario," Calder explained.
 "The resulting production increases will necessitate large investments in equipment, personnel and training at Bracebridge," he said.
 Selling to Japanese Market
 Calder noted that Rockwell also is making progress in its efforts to sell sunroofs and other products to Japanese automakers for vehicles that are assembled in Japan.
 "We have just completed a business relationship with a Japanese firm at Nagoya that will handle final delivery of Rockwell sunroofs on a just-in-time (J.I.T.) basis to Toyota for assembly into the new Corolla," Calder explained.
 He noted that Rockwell last year established a joint venture with Mazda in Hiroshima, which will supply Mazda with sunroofs, door latches, and window regulators based on Rockwell technology.
 Calder said that Automotive Body Systems also has established and equipped a research and development center in Tokyo, which will support its activities in Japan and Asia.
 Calder noted that Rockwell is one of the world's largest suppliers of sunroofs, window regulators, door latches and related systems.
 Automotive Body Systems is a major element of Rockwell International's Automotive business. It operates 16 plants and engineering centers in nine nations in North America, Europe, Japan and Australia.
 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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