ERJ staff report (DS)
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia -- When the first Russian cousins of the Chrysler Sebring roll off the GAZ assembly line this summer, they'll be sporting the resurging automaker's first thermoplastic vulcanisate (TPV) weather seals.
Through an agreement with Canada-based Magna International, Jyco Sealing Technologies will provide TPV systems for all of the Russian-made vehicle's inner belt and sill seals. Gorky Automobile Factory (GAZ) recently purchased the tooling for the previous generation of the Sebring to manufacture the vehicle in Nizhny Novgorod, an industrial/technology center 400 kilometers east of Moscow. GAZ will market the vehicle under its own brand. Production estimates of 25 000 vehicles for year one are expected to ramp up to 65 000 vehicles by year three.
"GAZ engineering wasn't familiar with TPV," says Shawn Jyawook, Jyco's chief operating officer. "Once Magna Steyr (the Austria-based procurement subsidiary of Magna International) saw the cost advantages and the potential quality enhancements, they recommended the TPV transition to GAZ."
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Press release from Jyco