ArvinMeritor Announces Start of Production at New Facility in Salonta, Romania

Jan 31, 2008, 00:00 ET from ArvinMeritor, Inc.

    SALONTA, Romania, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ArvinMeritor, Inc.
 (NYSE:   ARM) announced today the start of production at a new Light Vehicle
 Systems (LVS) facility in Salonta, Romania.
     This new plant, which occupies approximately 5,400 square meters of
 manufacturing space, will supply window regulators, cables, latches and
 actuators directly to Dacia, the largest vehicle manufacturer in Romania
 and part of the Renault Nissan group.
     "This new facility in Salonta represents a significant further
 investment by ArvinMeritor in Central Europe, and is in line with our
 targets on driving manufacturing in leading cost competitive countries
 wherever viable," said Aziz Aghili, vice president and general manager of
 the company's Body Systems group. "By locating our production directly in
 Romania we can minimize our operating costs, be exceptionally responsive to
 our local customer and create over 100 new jobs in the area."
     ArvinMeritor began producing components and systems in Central and
 Eastern Europe in 1992, with the opening of a door systems operation in
 Liberec, Czech Republic. The company's Romania facility represents the
 sixth operation to be established in this region.
     About Light Vehicle Systems
     ArvinMeritor's LVS business group is a market leader in the product
 categories it serves, supplying integrated systems and modules to the
 world's leading passenger car and light truck OEMs. Through smart
 systems(TM) technologies, the intelligent application of controls and
 electronics, ArvinMeritor's traditional mechanical products are taking on
 new form and function at both the component and system levels. With
 advanced technology and systems design expertise in body systems, chassis
 and wheels, LVS integrates high-quality components into cost-effective,
 performance-based solutions for virtually every car and light truck on the
 road today.
     About ArvinMeritor
     ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier global supplier of a broad range of
 integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry.
 The company serves commercial truck, trailer and specialty original
 equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets, and light vehicle
 manufacturers. Headquartered in Troy, Mich., ArvinMeritor employs
 approximately 18,000 people in 24 countries. ArvinMeritor common stock is
 traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ARM. For more
 information, visit the company's Web site at:
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