At ArvinMeritor There's More Than One Way to Go Green

Programs Focus on Waste Management and Product Design to Improve the


Apr 22, 2008, 01:00 ET from ArvinMeritor, Inc.

    TROY, Mich., Apr. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ArvinMeritor, Inc.
 (NYSE:   ARM) is reducing the generation of pollutants worldwide, designing
 products that weigh less and provide greater fuel economy, and partnering
 to develop hybrid and electric vehicles -- all focused on improving the
     In an effort to minimize adverse environmental impacts from
 ArvinMeritor's manufacturing operations, the company recycled 72 percent of
 the solid waste it generated globally in 2007 -- which equals approximately
 187,684 metric tons of scrap metal, cardboard and used oils.
     ArvinMeritor is also manufacturing "greener" products. Passenger
 vehicle products called smart systems(TM) will reduce the weight of the
 vehicle. The first smart systems(TM) product to appear on the market is the
 Highly-Integrated Plastic (HIP) door module, which will replace the steel
 door module and reduce weight by 25 percent -- in addition to improving
 fuel economy.
     In partnership agreements with commercial vehicle customers,
 ArvinMeritor has developed a package that will reduce the weight of a
 vehicle by as much as 700 pounds. Weight-reduction products include the
 aluminum carrier rear axle, Meritor Lite Flex trailer composite spring, the
 Meritor X30 lightweight steel drums and the Meritor Tire Inflation System,
 which supports super-single tires. This product package is expected to
 improve fuel consumption.
     ArvinMeritor is also involved in a joint project to build a Class 8
 hybrid vehicle with International Truck and Cummins for Wal-Mart
 Transportation. The vehicle is expected to be on the road for testing by
 the end of the year. Another ArvinMeritor partnership has already helped
 develop Canada's first electric vehicle -- the Purolator Quicksider. The
 vehicle produces zero greenhouse gas emissions.
     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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