Nexteer Automotive (SEHK: 1316) is an automotive parts supplier owned by Pacific Century Motors and headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States. Nexteer is a global leader in intuitive motion control, is a multi-billion dollar global steering and driveline business delivering electric and hydraulic power steering systems, steering columns, driveline systems, as well as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and automated driving enabling technologies for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). The company has 28 manufacturing plants, three technical centers and 13 customer service centers strategically located in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The company serves more than 60 customers in every major region of the world including BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, GM, PSA Groupe, Toyota and VW, as well as automakers in India and China.
Nexteer's original predecessor was founded in 1906 under the name Jackson, Wilcox and Church. Their product was named the Jacox gear. In 1909, the unit was purchased by Buick then was transferred to parent company General Motors as the Jackson, Church and Wilcox Division. The division was renamed Saginaw Product Company in 1919 and Saginaw Steering Gear Division in 1928. The trade name of Jacox was changed to Saginaw in 1930. Saginaw Steering for 90 years was a part of GM. Saginaw Division became the division's name in 1985. The Saginaw Division is group with other GM component units into Automotive Components Group. GM in 1999 spun off its parts group as Delphi Automotive including Saginaw Steering. Saginaw Division was renamed Delphi Steering.
With Delphi entering a lengthy bankruptcy proceeding, GM purchased Delphi Steering through their subsidiary, GM Global Steering Holdings LLC, in 2009 and renamed the company, Nexteer Automotive. GM moved to have the union change their contract with Nexteer in order to prepare the company for a sale as Nexteer had multiple customers besides GM. After the first offered agreement, GM warned the employees that this may hamper finding a buyer; the results being that GM may just shut Nexteer down. A second agreement was ratified by the union. The gave a $70.7 million state tax credit over ten years to Nexteer in November 2009. Nexteer announced that same month investment plans totaling $400 million across the board and keeping its headquarters in Buena Vista Township. The Township responded with a 100 percent 20 year tax abatement. Nexteer was acquired by Pacific Century Motors on November 29, 2010. After the purchase, Nexteer was split into two separate companies.
- 1906: Manual Steering
- 1951: Hydraulic Assisted Steering
- 1960s: Tilt-Wheel Steering Columns, Front-Wheel Drive Halfshafts, Energy-Absorbing Column
- 1970s: Air Bag Column, First Rack and Pinion Gear
- 1980s: Global Engineering
- 1995: Speed Variable Assist, Electric Power Steering
- 1999: Power Tilt Telescope Column, Quadrasteer
- 2004: Active Energy-Absorbing Column, Tri-Glide Halfshaft Joint
- 2009: Single Pinion Electric Power Steering
- 2010: World’s first 12-Volt Electric Power Steering Systems
- 2011: Full Size Truck Rack Electric Power Steering and CrossGlide Joint
- 2013: Magnetic Torque Overlay
- 2018: Advanced Steering Technology Suite, including Steer-by-Wire, Quiet Wheel™ Steering, Steering on Demand™ System, High Availability EPS and Cyber Security
- 2018: Digital Trace™ Manufacturing
- 2017: CNXMotion, a joint venture between Nexteer & Continental
- Steering Systems: active steering, electric power steering, hydraulic power steering and torque overlay solutions
- Electric Power Steering: Since 1999, Nexteer Automotive has put more than 60+ million EPS units on the road, saving more than 1.3 billion US gallons (4,900,000 m3) of fuel.
- Steering Components: columns; electronics, modules & sub-assemblies; intermediate shafts
- Driveline Products: front-wheel drive halfshafts, rear-wheel drive halfshafts, intermediate drive shafts, propeller shaft joints, advanced technology
- Assisted & Automated Driving Enablers: motion control specialists, systems integration expertise, highly skilled, cross-functional, ability to conceptualize, and speed of invention
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