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VIPER PROGRAM PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY FOR ROCKWELL TO SHOW TRUE CAPABILITIES

 VIPER PROGRAM PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY FOR ROCKWELL
 TO SHOW TRUE CAPABILITIES
 TROY, Mich., Feb. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Rockwell International (NYSE: ROK) is supplying five separate components and assemblies for Chrysler's (NYSE: C) bold new sports car, the Dodge Viper, in an effort that reflects Rockwell's aggressive multi-capabilities strategy.
 At its Plastic Products unit, Rockwell is making the Viper's unique, multi-functional windshield surround, complex hood-and-fender assembly, and large, single-piece radiator support. Rockwell International Suspension Systems Company (RISSC) is providing complete coil spring and shock absorber assemblies, and stabilizer bar/link assemblies.
 A long-time supplier to the automotive industry, Rockwell is pursuing an aggressive strategy to demonstrate its wide-ranging capabilities, thereby enhancing its leadership position. Its involvement with the Viper is testament to its ability to move technology ahead by providing a range of products, tailoring materials and process technology to various applications, and providing complete engineering, testing and prototyping services.
 "Viper is not simply another customer order or business-as-usual for us," said William F. Rebone, president of Rockwell's Automotive Body and Chassis Systems, of which Plastic Products and RISSC are a part. "Rather, it's an opportunity to exercise creativity while working with the customer on a new and innovative vehicle.
 "It's been very stimulating working with the Viper product team, finding innovative approaches to design, engineering and manufacturing challenges.
 "However, in keeping with Chrysler's Viper philosophy of avoiding technology simply for technology's sake, we're applying proven technology when appropriate, and, at the same time, advancing the state of the art in other areas that call for it," he continued.
 Rockwell's plastic components for Viper represent an area where materials and processing technology is being advanced.
 The windshield surround is an unprecedented approach to a difficult application. Attaching directly to the vehicle frame, it holds the front windscreen in place, provides cross-car structural rigidity, and serves as the mounting support for the instrument panel.
 The surround comprises a formed steel bar encapsulated in an acrylic-based resin using resin transfer molding (RTM) process. The process also involves use of urethane foam and a new fiberglass preform technique that, together, clad the steel bar and improve structural strength and rigidity.
 The Viper hood-and-fender assembly is a complex assembly consisting of structural RTM inner panels bonded to an RTM external skin. Ultimately, the hood outer panel will be made of sheet molding composite (SMC).
 The lightweight, single-piece, vinylester sheet molding composite (VESMC) radiator support replaces a conventional design comprised of 17 separate metal stamping weldments.
 From RISSC, the Viper receives four complete coil spring and shock absorber assemblies for its four-corner, independent, high-performance suspension. The coil springs are made of high-strength, highly ductile steel, mated with special high-performance shock absorbers supplied by Koni.
 RISSC also provides front and rear stabilizer bar/link assemblies that incorporate lightweight tubular bars with friction welded ends to eliminate corrosion inside the bar.
 Rockwell International Suspension Systems Company is a joint venture of Rockwell International and Mitsubishi Steel Manufacturing Company.
 "The Viper project has been an exciting experience for us," Rebone said. "We're pleased to be part of it and look forward to applying the lessons we've learned to future programs."
 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, 313-435-1752/
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