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News of  April 05, 1999

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GM names 184 Suppliers 'Best of the Best' for 1998

Warren, Mich. - General Motors (NYSE: GM) has named 184 companies that provide everything from steel to seats and logistics planners that ferry parts to assembly plants as winners of the 1998 Supplier of the Year award.

The suppliers are being honored by geographic region in a series of four events beginning with Latin American suppliers in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The other events are scheduled in Ruesselsheim, Germany (Europe); Detroit (North America) and Shanghai, China (Asia-Pacific). The winning suppliers were chosen from among more than 30,000 companies that receive part of GM's $86 billion in annual spending.

"GM Suppliers of the Year represent the best of the best," said Harold Kutner, vice president and group executive, Worldwide Purchasing and North American Production Control and Logistics. This is an honor that is reserved for those suppliers who have achieved world-class levels of quality, service, technology and price in support of General Motors."


Harold Kutner

Harold Kutner

Twenty-five of the companies on this year's list were recognized for the sixth or seventh time. "This is especially noteworthy because there is no carryover credit for winning this award in one year," Kutner said. "Every year is a fresh search to find those companies that truly stand out."Companies recognized -- including 43 first-time winners – were selected by teams of purchasing, quality, engineering and manufacturing experts from GM operations around the world. The measurements for the first time included technology -- using it to improve what the supplier does or provides for GM.


Dana Corporation and GKN Plc Announce Strategic Alliance to Develop Advanced Driveline Systems and Modular Assemblies

Toledo, Ohio - Companies Accelerate Technological Developments and Improve Customer Speed to Market. Dana Corporation (NYSE: DCN) and GKN plc announced agreements to form a strategic alliance to design advanced driveline systems for all-wheel and four-wheel drive passenger cars, light trucks, and sport utility vehicles, and to jointly develop modular assemblies for passenger car and light-vehicle applications worldwide.

"This is a smart alliance of two global leaders in the auto industry that will bring unprecedented benefits to our customers. These agreements mean GKN and Dana will pool resources, skills, and technology," said Joe Magliochetti, chief executive officer of Dana Corporation. "The dynamics of this alliance," said CK Chow, chief executive of GKN plc, "will strengthen the innovative product offering of both companies."

Bill Carroll, president of Dana's Automotive Systems Group, said, "This relationship will allow Dana's customers to benefit from the development of next-generation axle and systems technology." Dana and GKN will establish an office in Auburn Hills, Mich., to provide an integrated work environment for engineers from both companies, he said.

Sarkis Kalyandjian, executive director and chief executive of the automotive driveline division for GKN, said, "GKN and Dana have worked in partnership for years in successful automotive driveline joint ventures in Mexico and South America. These agreements strengthen an already rock-solid relationship."

In addition, Dana and GKN announced an agreement to exchange certain assets that allow each company to focus more strongly on its core competencies. GKN is a global leader in CV joint driveshaft technology, and Dana is an established global leader in the development of cardan-jointed vehicle propeller shafts and axle technology.

Under the agreements, Dana will exchange its constant velocity joint business for GKN's global cardan-jointed propeller shaft business. This includes Dana's Columbia, S.C., manufacturing operation; Dana's constant velocity joint venture interests in Argentina and Colombia; and a majority interest in the companies' Brazilian joint venture. GKN will have the option of purchasing Dana's remaining interest in the Brazilian operation as of January 1, 2001.

In the exchange, Dana will acquire all of GKN's medium and heavy-duty cardan propeller shaft operations in France, Germany, Italy, and Sweden; as well as a minority interest in GKN's European light-duty cardan-jointed propeller shaft operations, which includes facilities in the United Kingdom and Spain. Dana will have the option to obtain a controlling interest in these operations at a later time. These transactions are subject to the completion of due diligence, negotiation of a definitive agreement, approval of the companies' respective boards, and approval of appropriate regulatory agencies.

Dana Corporation is one of the world's largest independent suppliers to vehicle manufacturers and the aftermarket. Founded in 1904 and based in Toledo, Ohio, the company operates some 330 major facilities in 32 countries and employs more than 86,000 people. The company reported sales of $12.5 billion in 1998.

GKN is a global industrial company with sales exceeding 3.7 billion pounds. It designs, develops, and manufactures automotive and agritechnical components, as well as aerospace and defense products and provides a range of industrial services. GKN's operations are located in more than 40 countries around the world, employing some 35,000 people in its subsidiaries, and a further 12,300 in joint ventures.

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