Line; Multinational Training Program Assures Smooth Start-Up Business Editors 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 economy. 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.
ISUZU AWARDS UNOVA $30 MILLION CONTRACT FOR ENGINE MANUFACTURING