Nissan To Buy Up to 30,000 Spark Plugs a Month from Allied Signal Auto Group
SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (AP) _ Allied-Signal Automotive will supply Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. with $3 million in Autolite spark plugs, the companies announced Friday.
The purchase was the latest move by a Japanese automaker to alleviate trade frictions with the United States. The Japanese firms’ resistance to using American-made parts has been a point of contention between the two countries.
Toyota Motor Corp. said recently it plans to buy parts from Chrysler Corp. as part of its effort to boost foreign purchases.
Allied-Signal Automotive said it expects to export 30,000 plugs monthly to Nissan from its factory in Fostoria, Ohio.
The Allied-Signal-Nissan deal is the first use of Autolite platinum plugs on domestic Japanese vehicles, said Robert Ruffin, a vice president at Allied- Signal Automotive’s Filter and Spark Plug Group.
Allied-Signal Automotive is a unit of Morristown, N.J.-based Allied-Signal Inc., a technology company with business in aerospace, automotive and engineered materials.