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Kendrion growing demand for environmentally friendly vehicles and strict emissions requirements pose a challenge which Kendrion Passenger Car Systems, as a supplier to the automotive industry, has risen to. " Our division passionately identifies with the products of our customers. The ability to identify with the customer's requirements and preferences as a result of our strong customer focus and competence differentiates Passenger Car Systems from its competitors," Gundelsweiler says. " The division stands out, due to its innovative power and top efficiency," he continues. " We develop, produce and distribute worldwide high- tech components for many of the major automotive manufacturers and system suppliers. Our offering covers a broad spectrum of electromagnetic, pneumatic and hydraulic components and systems. Allied to this broad portfolio, we can also offer a global footprint to be near to our customers. " Energy saving has been the big focus of our latest work, along with a drive to cut CO2 emissions and reduce fuel consumption," continues Gundelsweiler, who points out that new projects account for a high proportion of the increase in turnover the unit is currently witnessing. Several years ago, a corporate decision was made to emphasise the lead in diesel technology. " We believed that this was the opportunity of the future and we invested accordingly. However, it is a long process with long lead times due to the time that must be spent on development, trials and testing. Now, we are seeing the rewards come through and we expect to see a much bigger increase in turnover next year." Gundelsweiler is convinced that the penetration of the diesel driven engine is unstoppable and that the new generation of diesel engines with the Emission Norm Euro 5 and 6 will increasingly carry Kendrion parts. Kendrion's distribution network and production locations guarantee worldwide availability for its customers. The headquarters of the Passenger Car System group is in Villingen- Schwenningen ( Germany), with further locations in Eibiswald ( Austria), Prostejov ( Czech Republic), Suzhou ( China) and Râdâuti ( Romania). " We are now starting on what we have termed our leading years," concludes Veenema, who points out that prior to the current downturn, Kendrion was seeing year-on- year growth in the region of 15 per cent. " Already we are returning to levels of organic growth around the 10 per cent mark," he says. " We are clearly seeing the benefits of restructuring and segmenting the business and we anticipate a big rise in turnover over the next two years. Kendrion is going to ' Magnetise The World' and we have a clear strategy for achieving that goal." - Editorial research by Paul Radbourne March 10 www. bus- ex. com 109