Issue: Sep 2010


Allison Transmission, Inc., Reveals Plans to Construct New State-of-the-Art Manufacturing Facility i



by James Hilton

During a 10-year manufacturing anniversary celebration in Hungary, Allison Transmission revealed plans to build a new manufacturing facility. The new facility is expected to produce 3000, 4000 and Torqmatic® Series fully automatic transmissions for the company's European and International customers.

Allison Transmission, Inc., the premier global provider of commercial and military-duty automatic transmissions and hybrid systems, announced its plans to build a new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Szentgotthard, Hungary.

Following both corporate and local governmental approvals for the new manufacturing facility, Allison Transmission intends to move quickly in order to launch the project as soon as possible. The land for the new facility was officially acquired yesterday, and company executives and Allison invited guests conducted a ground breaking ceremony today in preparation for construction.

"The construction of a new manufacturing facility in Szentgotthard, Hungary, will allow Allison products to be assembled by the same skilled workforce which has brought us benchmark levels of quality that have been recognized throughout the transportation industry," said David Parish, Allison Transmission Vice President of Operations. "Our decision to expand our operations in Hungary benefits everyone who uses our products," Parish added.

Allison Transmission has benefited from a 10-year manufacturing relationship with Opel Hungary in Szentgotthard, Hungary, where it developed successful production collaborations during the late 1990's. Initially, workers in Hungary co-produced Allison Torqmatic® and 3000 Series fully automatic transmissions, which are widely used in city buses, and in construction, distribution, pickup and delivery, fire and emergency, terminal tractor, shuttle, utility, refuse, wheeled military and other applications. In 2005, increasing worldwide demand for Allison products resulted in the company expanding its Hungarian operations. Co-production of the 4000 Series transmission began that same year.

Allison Transmission continues to grow as a result of its increasing market share. In May of this year, Allison announced the completion of a new 203,000-square-foot manufacturing plant and regional headquarters in Chennai, India. Allison Transmission's growth in India has been propelled by fitting automatic transmissions into low-floor CNG and diesel buses in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Nagpur and other Indian cities.

About Allison Transmission, Inc.

Allison Transmission, Inc. (Allison) is the premier global provider of commercial duty automatic transmissions and hybrid propulsion systems. Allison products are specified by over 250 of the world's leading vehicle manufacturers and are used in many market sectors including bus, refuse, fire, construction, distribution, military and specialty applications. Founded in 1915, the Allison business is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, U.S.A. and employs 3,000 people. Regional headquarters with dedicated support staff are located in China, The Netherlands, Brazil, India and Japan. With a global presence in 80 countries, Allison has over 1550 distributor and dealer locations. More information about Allison is available at www.allisontransmission.com.


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