6 May 2005

Delphi Corporation and Belgium-based Bosal Group announced a new strategic alliance to offer complete exhaust systems for the global original equipment (OE) market. The non-equity based alliance will be known as Bosal Delphi Complete Exhaust Systems.

Delphi has experience and resources in the design and manufacture of the “hot end” of the exhaust system—manifold and catalyst, including manifold converters, diesel converters and spinforming technology—while Bosal’s expertise is the design and development of the “cold end”, from intermediate muffler to tailpipe. Advanced innovative technologies from both companies include Delphi’s fragile substrate retention systems and Bosal’s cold end Lightweight Exhaust System, said Delphi.

The alliance will retain current customer relationships, while future customers will access the alliance through one single initial point of contact. Bosal and Delphi will also cooperate through new manufacturing arrangements, said Delphi.

The alliance will become effective upon completion of formalities under competition laws. The necessary logistical and transitional activities to make the alliance seamless to customers are scheduled for completion in mid-2005.

Source: Delphi (press release)