Engineering operation launches as “problem-solver”

GT Development and Norgren’s Global Truck Group have linked up in a new business unit, dubbed Global Vehicle Technologies (GVT).

Two well-established providers of engineered solutions to OEMs and component suppliers-- GT Development and Norgren’s Global Truck Group-- have linked up in a new business unit, dubbed Global Vehicle Technologies (GVT).

Seattle-based GVT stated it is launching as “a leading international developer of innovative products for a broad range of heavy-duty truck cab/chassis and powertrain applications.”

According to GVT, truck operators have been using GT Development and Norgren products “for years” but most don't know it. "Our products don't carry our name and aren't usually visible to truck operators," explained Mike Bozich, GVT president. "Integral parts we design and manufacture, such as rapid dump valves that quickly exhaust air from suspension air springs or a controller for automated manual transmissions, are in all heavy-duty trucks today and are often mission-critical to their safe and efficient operation."

GVT offers fluid and motion control products to commercial vehicle OEMs and Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers. GVT provides “problem-solving engineering expertise and components” in powertrain, chassis/cab, braking systems, fuel systems and suspension/driveline operations, noted Bozich.

"Our new name, product mix and added engineering capability reflect our commitment to worldwide markets and our continuing emphasis on the needs of commercial vehicle manufacturers and their customers," said Bozich. "By expanding the components and expertise of GT Development and Norgren's Global Truck Group, we can engineer and source many of the unique and critical parts that go into commercial trucks."

GVT’s chassis/cab product lineup covers custom-engineered, on-board fittings, cab controls and air-management systems. Many of its components are designed to reduce air leaks and assembly time, said GVT.

GVT stated its powertrain systems are designed to enable truck manufacturers to meet emissions regulations and protect the environment while maintaining peak engine performance. These components include valves, cartridges and actuators.

According to GVT, its approach is to build close, practical partnerships with customers to meet technically challenging applications.

"We focus on getting to know our customers' businesses and creating value-added products that save time and money and satisfy regulatory challenges," said John Adami, GVT vp-- chassis/cab sales for North America. "Our products help lead the way to lower vehicle emissions, improved fuel consumption and better overall truck performance, reliability and uptime."

Seattle’s GT Development was acquired in 2005 by United Kingdom-headquartered IMI and integrated into Norgren, its largest business unit. GVT is a new operating division of Chicago-based Norgren.

Norgren accounted for more than $900 million of IMI's sales of $2.5 billion in fiscal year 2005. GVT is projected to generate a significant share of Norgren's revenue in 2006, estimated at $1 billion by Credit Suisse.

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