Line; Multinational Training Program Assures Smooth
WARREN, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 26, 1998--A European
division of UNOVA Inc. (NYSE:UNA) recently received a $30 million
(17.7 million British pounds) contract to provide Isuzu Motors Polska
SP with a diesel-engine-part manufacturing system.
The new system will operate in Isuzu's new $340 million plant,
under construction in the Katowice Special Economic Zone - Tychy,
Poland. The Isuzu plant is believed to be the largest automotive
capital investment program in that country.
The new diesel engine, to be launched in model-year 2000 mid-size
passenger cars for the European market, is intended to meet strict new
"Euro III" environmental standards for auto emissions and fuel
Lamb Technicon UK, Mildenhall, England, designed and engineered
the automated manufacturing system to precision machine cylinder heads
for the new engines. For added manufacturing flexibility, the system
will also incorporate dual-spindle CNC machining centers (Mach 1)
from Honsberg Lamb of Remscheid, Germany. System assembly and testing
will be performed at Mildenhall, with subsequent installation in
Poland scheduled for late 1998.
"This contract illustrates a fundamental change occurring in the
automotive industry," said Clayton A. Williams, senior vice president,
UNOVA and president, UNOVA Industrial Automation Systems. "As
traditional country boundaries give way to purely international
projects, automakers increasingly select manufacturing partners based
on their systems design expertise as well as their global
capabilities. We've made substantial investments in both areas to
successfully compete in this new environment."
"Lamb Technicon's global design and engineering capabilities on
three continents were utilized throughout this assignment," said
Ronald E. Glover, managing director for Lamb Technicon UK. "In
addition to coordinating efforts between divisions in Germany and the
United States, Lamb Technicon UK will also be involved in the plant
start-up in Poland."
To ensure a smooth start-up and efficient operations at the new
plant, Lamb UK conducted an extensive operator training program for
Isuzu workers at its Mildenhall, UK headquarters. Isuzu workers from
mechanical and electrical engineering and operations participated in
a unique, eight-week-long training session, conducted in Polish,
Japanese and English.
Lamb Technicon Machining Systems, based in Warren, Mich., is a
leading designer, developer, integrator and builder of dedicated and
flexible manufacturing systems for the global automotive, diesel
engine and off-road vehicle industries.
Serving as the European "center of excellence" for both machining
and body & assembly customers, Lamb Technicon UK extends the
capabilities and resources of Lamb Technicon's North American
operations. The division provides engineering and design services, and
complete systems integration, primarily for global automotive
customers with projects located in the United Kingdom and Europe.
With headquarters in Southern California, UNOVA is a $2 billion
industrial technologies company. It has global leadership positions in
manufacturing systems and machine tools for the automotive,
aerospace and general metalworking industries and in automated data
collection, mobile computing, bar code and radio frequency
identification systems for industrial, distribution, transportation,
logistics and government applications.
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