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PKC wins $16M Deutz auto supply contract

Keywords: Tags  Deutz, diesel engines, PKC Group, wire harnesses, Michigan Economic Development, Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce, purchaser-supplier matchmaking, Ford Motor Nick Price

CHICAGO — Deutz Corp., a German manufacturer of diesel engines, has awarded a $16-million contract to PKC Group Oyj, a Finnish supplier with an office in Farmington Hills, Mich., through the Pure Michigan Business Connect program.

Deutz initially connected with PKC Group at a Detroit Regional Chamber Connection Point supplier summit in 2011. Such state and regional events serve as purchaser-supplier matchmaking engagements that provide procurement opportunities to Michigan companies.

Deutz produces engines for construction, off-highway and static power markets in North America. Its senior buyer, Nick Price, said his company needed to increase its manufacturing capacity to meet customer demand in North America. PKC will make wiring harnesses for Deutz’s diesel engines.

PKC Group designs, manufactures and integrates electrical distribution systems, electronics and related architecture components for the commercial vehicle industry and other segments. The company has two business areas: wiring systems and electronics.

The Michigan Economic Development Corp. and the Detroit Regional Chamber have conducted supplier summits with 35 other companies since joining forces. In March, for example, Ford Motor Co. led a supplier summit that resulted in meetings with 317 Michigan suppliers.

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