Bosal and Delphi Announce Strategic Exhaust Alliance

May 02, 2005, 01:00 ET from Delphi Corporation from ,Bosal Group

    TROY, Mich., and LUMMEN, Belgium, May 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Delphi Corp.
 (NYSE:   DPH) and Belgium-based Bosal Group announced today a new strategic
 alliance to offer complete exhaust systems for the global original equipment
 (OE) market.
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     The non-equity based alliance, to be known as Bosal Delphi Complete
 Exhaust Systems, will bring together the specific expertise, facilities and
 resources of each party to offer a total customer solution around the globe
 for any vehicle program and all current fuel options.
     Delphi has extensive experience and resources in the design and
 manufacture of the "hot end" (manifold and catalyst, including manifold
 converters, diesel converters and spinforming technology), with Bosal
 recognized as a leader in the design and development of the "cold end" (from
 intermediate muffler to tailpipe.)
     Both companies are also recognized for their innovative approach and
 commitment to advanced technologies, such as Delphi's fragile substrate
 retention systems and Bosal's breakthrough cold-end innovation, the
 Lightweight Exhaust System.
     The alliance will retain and nurture current customer relationships, while
 future customers will access the alliance through one single initial point of
     Bosal and Delphi will also cooperate through novel and cost-effective
 manufacturing arrangements which will allow each party to better meet customer
 supply contracts without the need for major infrastructure investment.
     "This is a very innovative and exciting alliance which will deliver
 significant added value to customers of both Delphi and Bosal," said Karel Bos
 (1961), CEO, Bosal Group.  "The alliance is an excellent technical, commercial
 and geographical 'fit', enabling us to respond faster, more cost-effectively
 and completely for our customers around the world.  It will also open up a
 wider customer base for our breakthrough cold end innovations which are
 delivering significant weight savings and other related benefits."
     "We welcome this alliance with Bosal, an independent Tier 1 supplier with
 recognized expertise in cold end exhaust applications," said John Fuerst,
 Delphi's exhaust systems business line executive.  "It will help us respond
 better to the needs of our global customer base for complete exhaust systems,
 by providing a single global point of access to an unrivalled wealth of
 expertise and resources, yet delivering locally through our shared
     The alliance will become effective upon completion of all relevant
 formalities under competition laws, including obtaining any required approvals
 from governmental authorities.  Both parties will begin making the necessary
 logistical and transitional activities to make the alliance seamless to
 customers, with scheduled completion in mid-2005.
     About Bosal Group
     Bosal is one of the world's leading manufacturers of car exhaust systems.
 Bosal also produces catalytic converters, tow bars, roof bars, jacks,
 precision steel tubing and warehouse racking systems.
     Established in 1923 in Alkmaar, the group is Dutch registered,
 headquartered in Lummen, Belgium.  The annual turnover in 2004 was in excess
 of euro 835 million.  The Bosal Group employs more than 6,200 people and has
 29 manufacturing plants and 15 distribution centres.
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