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No. 353, February 1999

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TRANSPORTATION EQUIPMENT

Starting in the spring of 2000, TOYODA TRW AUTOMOTIVE INC., a manufacturer of pumps and hoses for power steering systems, will switch to the P4 power steering pump at its Morristown, Tennessee factory. The nine- year-old joint venture among TOYODA MACHINE WORKS, LTD., TOYOTA TSUSHO CORP. (10 percent) and TRW INC. (10 percent) will spend about $8.9 million to launch production of the new pump. It is said to improve fuel consumption by up to 50 percent compared with the current P3 power steering pump, while being more compact, weighing less and lowering noise and vibration. Production of the P4 is expected to run to 40,000 units a month at full-capacity operation. All of this output will go to TOYOTA MOTOR CORP.'s North American assembly plants.

FUJI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD. has delivered the first production wing for RAYTHEON AIRCRAFT CO.'s Hawker Horizon business jet under a summer 1996 development and production agreement. The Hawker Horizon, which is scheduled to enter commercial service in 2001, is designed to carry eight to 13 passengers up to 3,400 nautical miles, or across the United States. It features a carbon-fiber composite fuselage and swept, all-metal wings. FHI spent about $17.7 million to develop the wings. It expects to ship wings for six planes to Raytheon Aircraft's Wichita, Kansas plant during 1999.

With technical assistance from the Euless, Texas-based Menasco Aerosystems Division of COLTEC INDUSTRIES INC., a leading maker of aircraft landing gear, SUMITOMO PRECISION PRODUCTS CO., LTD. has developed the main and nose landing gear for BOMBARDIER, INC.'s CRJ700 70-passenger jet. The Hyogo prefecture company already has delivered prototypes to the Montreal aircraft manufacturer. It will start commercial production of the landing gear in March.

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