IN DOUAI, FRANCE LOCKPORT, N.Y., May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Delphi Harrison Thermal Systems and Calsonic Corporation will add a second air conditioning compressor facility in Douai, France to manufacture components that will create a more comprehensive compressor product line for European automotive manufacturers, company officials announced today. In April 1995, Delphi Thermal and Calsonic Corp. entered into a joint venture for a 10,000-square-meter manufacturing facility on six hectares in Douai. Today's announcement adds a production facility through another joint venture with Calsonic to manufacture compact variable compressors (CVCs) at this same site. The addition will be a 10,800-square-meter facility, scheduled for completion by December. CVC production is scheduled to begin by summer 1997. "Constructing a second manufacturing site in Douai will help Delphi Thermal gain new business due to the advantage its location affords," said Delphi Thermal General Manager Michael J. Burns. "It also allows us to coordinate activities with our existing joint venture in Douai." Delphi Thermal plans to supply the latest air-conditioning technologies to European automotive companies -- automotive air conditioning systems require various-sized compressors based on the specific vehicle application. "Different vehicles require different air-conditioning systems to provide the maximum levels of comfort for passengers," Burns said. "Manufacturing the CVC in Douai complements Delphi Thermal's other compressor offerings, bringing complete product line coverage to our customers and potential customers in Europe." Depending on European automobile market demand for air conditioning, current employment expectations at the CVC facility exceed 200 people. Calsonic is planning to supply the CVC initially to Nissan Motors, with additional plans to market to other original equipment manufacturers, including Japanese automakers. Founded in 1910, Delphi Harrison Thermal Systems is a division of Delphi Automotive Systems, and is headquartered in Lockport, NY, USA. Its principal business is the design, integration and manufacture of thermal-related products for automotive applications. Specific products include: heater and air-conditioning modules, heater cores, condensers, evaporators, compressors, radiators and oil coolers. Manufacturing facilities are located in the United States, Brazil, France, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Spain and Venezuela. Customer liaison and engineering offices are located in Lockport, NY, USA; Warren, Mich., USA; El Paso, Texas, USA; Melbourne, Australia; Sao Paolo, Brazil; Beijing, China; Gennevilliers, France; Russelsheim, Germany; Milan, Italy; Bascharage, Luxembourg; Singapore; and Cua, Venezuela. Calsonic designs, develops and manufactures HVAC, engine cooling and exhaust systems for automobile manufacturers in Europe, North America, Japan and Asia/Oceania. The European Group headquarters and technology center is based in Wales, with continental branch R&D and sales facilities in Amsterdam. European production encompasses: Llanelli, Wales (engine cooling and HVAC heat exchange products); Newcastle, England (HVAC and exhaust systems); Barcelona, Spain (HVAC); and Amsterdam, Holland (exhaust systems). /CONTACT: John Anderson of Delphi Harrison Thermal Systems, 716-439-3245/ (GM) CO: Delphi Harrison Thermal Systems; Calsonic Corporation ST: New York IN: AUT SU:
DELPHI THERMAL AND CALSONIC PLAN SECOND MANUFACTURING FACILITY
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