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ArvinMeritor Introduces Composite Door Module

10 June 2005

ArvinMeritor's Light Vehicle Systems (LVS) business group is promoting its new Highly-Integrated Plastic (HIP) door module as an alternative to traditional steel door carrier frames.

ArvinMeritor's HIP door module, made from a lightweight, high-strength plastic composite, reduces the cost of the door module by integrating a number of electrical and mechanical components into the plastic mould. ArvinMeritor said that the base design for the composite material is PP LGF40.

""Traditional door modules mount the window regulator, latch, speaker, motor and electronics to a large steel carrier plate using a number of bolts and clips,"" said Charles Hopson, vice president of Engineering for Door Systems within LVS. ""Through plastics moulding technology, ArvinMeritor has designed a number of components, such as rivets, fittings and guide rails directly into the plastic module for improved product quality and reduced assembly complexity.""

The HIP door module weighs approximately 25 percent less than its steel counterpart. And, because the plastic composite is more sound absorbent than steel, the HIP will help to reduce the amount of road noise that enters the interior of the vehicle. ArvinMeritor's Light Vehicle Systems (LVS) business group posted US$4.8 billion in sales during fiscal year 2004, and employs 17,000 people at 75 facilities in 23 countries. LVS -- a market leader in the product categories it serves -- supplies integrated systems and modules to the world's leading passenger car and light truck OEMs. With advanced technology and systems design expertise in apertures, undercarriage, wheel and emissions control, LVS combines high-quality components into cost-effective, performance-based solutions for virtually every car and light truck on the road today.