ArvinMeritor's Light Vehicle Systems (LVS) business group announces the opening of a new Global Center of Excellence located in Limeira, Sao Paulo, Brazil. The state-of-the-art 37,000-square-foot facility houses research and development for Fumagalli brand steel wheels, with expanded engineering and program management capabilities to support the LVS growth strategy for body and chassis systems in South America.
"The Global Center of Excellence provides superior engineering support which is a competitive advantage to our regional customers in growing markets like the BRIC countries of Brazil, Russia, India and China," said Phil Martens, president, LVS, ArvinMeritor. "The center gives our South American customer base access to LVS' full spectrum of advanced smart systems technologies for improved vehicle safety, comfort and performance."
As the primary regional resource for LVS South America, the Global Center of Excellence includes engineering, program management, sales, testing, validation, quality, sourcing, logistics and finance.
The facility joins the company's existing network of technology centers located in China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Mexico, United Kingdom and the United States. It supports local design applications of chassis systems and components, roof systems, door modules, window regulators and motors.