Delphi Automotive Systems, the parts manufacturer spun off by General Motors, has won a contract from Ford to integrate architecture systems on a new vehicle.
The order comes as Ford’s own components business, Visteon, is preparing to be spun off or floated. Visteon is already largely separate from Ford and has to bid against outside suppliers.
Commenting on the deal, a Ford spokesman said: `It is an open market. We give contracts to whoever can do the right job for the right money.’
Delphi employs 200,000 people worldwide, including 1,250 in the UK. It has an engineering centre in Liverpool – which is working on a cruise control system for Ford’s Jaguar subsidiary – as well as sites in Coventry, Basingstoke, Ellesmere Port, Luton and Southampton.
The Ford contract will help Delphi in its aim of increasing the non-GM share of its business from 20% to 50% by 2002.
Delphi believes that being separate from GM will allow it to compete on an equal footing with other components suppliers.