GEMA Assigns Manifolds to Wescast

Will supply cast/machined units for “world engines”

Wescast Industries Inc., Brantford, ON, has been chosen by the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance (GEMA) to supply cast and machined iron exhaust manifolds for the 2.0L and 2.4L World Engine program.

GEMA is a joint venture of DaimlerChrysler, Mitsubishi, and Hyundai. It is building a manufacturing complex at Dundee, MI -- one of three facilities it will operate to supply a family of engines to each of the partners’ auto assembly plants in North America, Asia, and Europe.

The GEMA plant in Michigan is due to begin producing engines in 2006.

Wescast supplies DaimlerChrysler with exhaust manifolds for its Chrysler vehicles, and starting with the 2005 model year it will be supplying machined manifolds for various Chrysler and Dodge vehicles.

"We are very pleased about this new opportunity to work with the Global Engine Manufacturing Alliance," said Ed Frackowiak, Wescast chairman and CEO. "It demonstrates our ability to continue to successfully grow our market share in North America."

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