Commercial Vehicle Group Announces New China Business Award

Mar 08, 2011, 16:20 ET from Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc.

NEW ALBANY, Ohio, March 8, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: CVGI) announced today that it has been selected by Beiqi Foton Motor Co., Ltd. ("Foton"), a leading Chinese heavy truck manufacturer, as one of two key seat suppliers for its new H4 heavy truck platform.  Under this program, CVG will provide its new GSX3000 driver seat for use in Foton's vehicles.  CVG is also working to develop a unique passenger seat to further support Foton's new H4 program.

The Company expects to begin production in the third quarter of 2011.  The program is expected to ramp up production over a four-year period with anticipated peak annual volumes of more than 150 thousand units.   CVG estimates that, at full production, it will provide approximately fifty percent of Foton's H4 truck seats.

In support of the H4 program, CVG is establishing a new production facility in Beijing, China and will supply product to Foton's new manufacturing plant in Beijing on a just-in-time basis.  In addition, this facility will be utilized for other current CVG customers in the region.  The Company estimates annualized revenues from the new program to be approximately $11.0 million in 2012, growing to more than $30.0 million at full production levels for the H4 program.

"This new business award with Foton is an exciting opportunity for CVG and our China operation," said W. Gordon Boyd, President of Seating Systems for Commercial Vehicle Group. "Expanding our China operations into the Beijing region with a quality customer such as Foton is a positive step towards our continued growth and success in the Chinese market," added Boyd.

Mervin Dunn, Commercial Vehicle Group's President and Chief Executive Officer said, "This new business opportunity with Foton represents yet another milestone in our strategy to expand our international footprint and further diversify our company on a global scale.  We are very pleased to have been selected by Foton for this new program and we look forward to continuing our efforts in China and other regions of the world."

About Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc.

Commercial Vehicle Group is a leading supplier of fully integrated system solutions for the global commercial vehicle market, including the heavy-duty truck market, the construction and agriculture markets and the specialty and military transportation markets.  The Company's products include static and suspension seat systems, electrical wire harness assemblies, controls and switches, structures and components, interior trim systems (including instrument panels, door panels, headliners, cabinetry and floor systems), mirrors and wiper systems specifically designed for applications in commercial vehicles.  The Company headquartered in New Albany, OH has operations throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Information about the Company and its products is available on the internet at

About Beiqi Foton Motor Co., Ltd.

Beiqi Foton Motor Co., Ltd. was founded in 1996 and is headquartered in Changping District, Beijing, China.  Foton has business units located throughout China with international R&D branches in Japan, Germany, Taiwan, and the Philippines.  Foton manufactures light and heavy-duty trucks, agricultural tractors, and various other machinery.  

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