Tenneco Launches Monroe® OESpectrum® Production Line in Gliwice, Poland

Tenneco Launches Monroe® OESpectrum® Production Line in Gliwice, Poland

Company’s dedicated aftermarket shock absorber manufacturing facility starts state-of-the-art production line for OESpectrum premium shocks. Celebrates production of 5 million Monroe Original® shocks and struts.

Gliwice, Poland, December 7, 2016 – Tenneco today celebrated the official start of production of its Monroe® OESpectrum® range of premium shock absorbers announced at Automechanika in September. The event also marked production of the 5 millionth shock produced at Tenneco’s dedicated aftermarket shock manufacturing facility less than18 months after it officially opened. members of Tenneco’s European Aftermarket team.

“This is an exciting time for Tenneco, the Monroe brand and OESpectrum, our customers and the 532 Tenneco employees who help engineer and manufacture ride performance products for a broad range of aftermarket customers around the world,” said Bruce Ronning, vice president and general manager, Tenneco Europe Aftermarket. “With the opening of Gliwice Plus (G+) we are proud to have been able to bring hundreds of additional new jobs to Gliwice and hope to attract hundreds more as we continue to grow our product range and coverage, and invest in expanding the G+ facility.”

Tenneco Gliwice employs 1.422 people in two manufacturing facilities and its Tenneco Eastern European Engineering Centre (E3C) that employs 129 people in engineering and sales. E3C plays a significant and central role in the development of original equipment (OE) ride performance components, conventional dampers and suspension systems and provides engineering services for Tenneco Europe OE Ride Performance. The first manufacturing facility, commissioned in 2000, produces OE shocks and struts for car manufacturers including Volkswagen Group, Ford, GM, Land Rover, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Volvo, Renault-Nissan, Dacia, Mazda, Suzuki and Mitsubishi. The recently-opened Gliwice Plus (G+) aftermarket shock production facility is dedicated to the production of shocks and struts for the global replacement parts market including a newly-launched range of cabin shocks for commercial vehicles and – as of today – the Monroe OESpectrum range of premium shocks. Production of monotube shocks will begin in May 2017.

Since it opened, the 10,500 sqm G+ plant has rapidly ramped up annual production with the objective to double volume within the coming years. With the addition of G+, Tenneco has introduced more than 144 new part numbers and is working on further accelerating the introduction of new SKUs as the company works to continually increase coverage.

Monroe OESpectrum shocks feature a revolutionary, patented design – Monroe R-TECH®2 Rebound Valving Technology™ – that which provides virtually instantaneous feedback and response to changing driving conditions for exceptional road-holding capability, a smoother ride and increased driver control and confidence. This technology is combined with Tenneco’s new high-speed Impact Control Valve to double the available ride-tuning inputs compared to many conventional shock absorbers. This, in turn, helps each OESpectrum unit deliver a unique blend of world-class control and reduced noise, vibration and harshness. OESpectrum shocks are available for most leading light vehicle models sold in Europe.

“By choosing this advanced technology, our aftermarket partners will be able to offer a superior driving experience that commonly has been available only through original equipment products,” Ronning said.

To learn more about Monroe OESpectrum shock absorbers, please contact your Monroe supplier or Tenneco sales representative. Additional information is available online at www.monroe-oespectrum.com.

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About Tenneco   
Headquartered in Lake Forest, Illinois, Tenneco is one of the world’s leading designers, manufacturers and marketers of Ride Performance and Clean Air products and technology solutions for diversified markets, including light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway equipment and the aftermarket, with 2017 revenues of $9.3 billion and approximately 32,000 employees worldwide.  
On October 1, 2018, Tenneco completed the acquisition of Federal-Mogul, a leading global supplier to original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket with nearly 55,000 employees globally and 2017 revenues of $7.8 billion.  Additionally, the company expects to separate its businesses to form two new, independent companies, an Aftermarket and Ride Performance company as well as a new Powertrain Technology company, in late 2019.

About the Future Aftermarket and Ride Performance Company
Following the separation, the aftermarket and ride performance company will be one of the largest global multi-line, multi-brand aftermarket companies, and one of the largest global OE ride performance and braking companies.  The aftermarket and ride performance company’s principal product brands will feature Monroe®, Walker®, Clevite®Elastomers, MOOG®, Fel-Pro®, Wagner®, Champion® and others. The Aftermarket and Ride Performance company would have 2017 pro-forma revenues of $6.4 billion, with 57% of those revenues from aftermarket and 43% from original equipment customers. 
About the Future Powertrain Technology Company
Following the separation, the powertrain technology company will be one of the world’s largest pure-play powertrain companies serving OE markets worldwide with engineered solutions addressing fuel economy, power output, and criteria pollution requirements for gasoline, diesel and electrified powertrains. The powertrain technology company would have 2017 pro-forma revenues of $10.7 billion, serving light vehicle, commercial truck, off-highway and industrial markets.

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