TRW Launches Electrically Powered Steering Column Drive With Chinese Customers

TRW Launches Electrically Powered Steering Column Drive With Chinese Customers

PR Newswire

SHANGHAI, April 22, 2013

SHANGHAI, April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --AUTO SHANGHAI-- TRW Automotive
Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW) has recently started production of its electrically
powered steering (EPS) column drive technology with a major Chinese vehicle
manufacturer (VM) and is due to launch with three further China domestic
platforms in 2013. Production will be located at TRW's state-of-the-art
manufacturing facility in Anting, China.

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Charlie Cregeur, global director, Steering Product Planning, said: "TRW is a
global leader in EPS and is pleased to support our customers in China with
this advanced technology. Chinese VMs continue to increase the level of
sophistication in their vehicles, with a strong focus on reducing emissions
and improving fuel economy – EPS strongly supports these goals."

TRW offers two Electrically Powered Steering (EPS) solutions to cover the full
vehicle platform range, which consume power to any significant degree only
when steering assist is needed. The first is the column drive unit which is
mounted on the steering column inside the passenger compartment and the second
is belt drive where the assist is applied directly to the rack with a belt and
ball nut mechanism. Significant fuel economy and CO[2] emissions benefits can
be realized with both systems when compared with traditional hydraulic power
steering. The technology can deliver a fuel saving of 0.3 to 0.4 L/100km, with
a corresponding reduction in carbon dioxide emissions of approximately 7-8g/km
(based on test data for a 1.6 litre gas engine).

"TRW has invested significantly and continues to expand its capacity for
several advanced technology products to meet the needs of the China market,"
continued Cregeur. "We recently expanded our EPS and electronics manufacturing
center in Anting, and have added new plants and expanded our footprint in
Wuhan, Qingdao, Nanjing, Chengdu and Ningbo. TRW is creating the
infrastructure to meet all market needs – from domestic vehicles to global

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With 2012 sales of $16.4 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's
leading automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, USA, the
Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in 25 countries and employs
approximately 65,000 people worldwide. TRW Automotive products include
integrated vehicle control and driver assist systems, braking systems,
steering systems, suspension systems, occupant safety systems (seat belts and
airbags), electronics, engine components, fastening systems and aftermarket
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