Partial Zero Emission Vehicle (PZEV) Fuel Tank From TI Automotive Named 2009 PACE Award Finalist

WARREN, Mich., Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ — The Partial Zero Emission Vehicle
(PZEV) fuel tank from TI Automotive, the world’s leading supplier of
fluid-storage and delivery systems, has been selected as a 2009 PACE (Premier
Automotive Suppliers Contribution to Excellence) awards finalist for its
revolutionary new design and production method.

The company’s process technology and unique product architecture employed
in the launch of the first BMW 3-Series PZEV plastic fuel tank represents a
breakthrough in the transition from steel to plastic, according to Manouchehr
Kambakhsh, vice president Global Advanced Engineering for TI Automotive.

“It’s now possible to replace complex, large-capacity steel fuel tanks
with plastic tanks that offer weight reduction and fuel savings,” Kambakhsh
said. “BMW was the first to adopt our new technology in volume production, but
other OEMs now are taking advantage of it as well.”

Sponsored by Automotive News, Ernst & Young and the Transportation
Research Center, the 15th annual PACE awards program celebrates innovation by
original equipment suppliers in the development of new products and processes.
An independent panel of judges will select the winners, who will be announced
April 20, 2009.

TI Automotive’s “Ship-in-a-Bottle” process technology enables the
placement of fuel-delivery subassembly systems inside fuel tanks, including
fuel pumps, pressure regulators and remote jet pumps, as well as critical
components of a vehicle’s vapor management system (such as vapor/liquid
separators, rollover valves, vent valves and vent lines).

The company’s PERMBLOK AS6 material structure used in certain applications
with TI Automotive’s PZEV tanks reduces evaporative emissions from coextruded
plastic fuel tanks by up to 50 percent and is instrumental in helping
manufacturers meet stringent new evaporative emissions standards.

“Being named a 2009 PACE Award finalist is a great honor and clearly
demonstrates the innovative work we’re doing in fuel tank design,” said Bill
Kozyra, TI Automotive’s chairman and CEO.

A vertically integrated company, TI Automotive is the world’s leading
supplier of fluid storage, transfer and delivery systems, including brake,
fuel and air-conditioning applications. Its customer list includes all of the
world’s major automakers. With headquarters in Warren, Mich., and Oxford,
England, the company employs more than 16,000 people at more than 100
facilities in 27 countries with annual sales of $2.8 billion.



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