Flash Facts – March 31


Detroit Diesel recalls 200 employees
Detroit Diesel announced Thursday it has recalled 200 workers in recent months to increase production of the Series 60 engine. The 10,000th Series 60, equipped with Exhaust Gas Recirculation, is scheduled to be built in April.

Eaton partners with Kongsberg Automotive
Eaton Corporation announced on Wednesday a partnership between the company’s clutch division and Kongsberg Automotive. As part of the five-year partnership, the two companies will mutually design and market clutch actuation and gear shift systems. The exclusive agreement for business in North America also includes Eaton’s Aeroquip hoses and fittings from its Fluid Power unit.

Volvo to build plant in Russia
Volvo confirmed on March 20 reports it will establish a truck manufacturing plant in Russia. The plant, built in cooperation with the Russian company AFK Sistema, is to be built north of Moscow. The plant is expected to assemble 200 to 300 heavy Volvo trucks a year for the Russian market.

Hitachi to launch new company
Hitachi has announced plans to take over the transmission operations of Niigata Engineering and launch a new firm April 1. Based in Saitama, Japan, the new subsidiary will produce and sell midsize transmissions for boats and construction equipment and will be entirely owned by Hitachi.


Eaton names marketing director
Eaton Corporation recently named Dimitri Kazarinoff marketing director for Eaton Corporation and Roadranger Marketing. Kazarinoff came to Eaton from McKinsey & Company, where he worked with automotive truck manufacturers on product, distribution and profitability issues as an associate of the firm. As part of his new position, he will lead product planning, market research, marketing service and communication efforts for Eaton Truck and Roadranger Marketing.

Goodyear appoints general manager
Dan Martin was recently appointed general manager of original equipment and strategic accounts for Goodyear’s commercial tire division. As part of his new position, Martin will be responsible for working with OEMs and will manage Goodyear’s strategic account program, where he’ll develop tire service programs.

JCB announces three executive appointments
JCB recently announced three executive appointments. They are: Bob Wright, vice president of sales; Gordon Henderson, vice president/Southeast region; and Arjun Mirdha, vice president of dealer development.