Sanluis Corporation S.A.B. de C.V. Business Report FY ended Dec. 2012
|(in million USD)|
|FY ended Dec. 31, 2012||FY ended Dec. 31, 2011||Rate of change
|Sales by business units|
|North America Suspension||395||377||4.8||2)|
|South America Suspension||195||290||(32.8)||3)|
|North America Brake||124||96||29.2||4)|
1) Net Sales
-Net sales in 2012 decreased 5% from 2011 to USD 713 million in 2012. The decrease was caused by a 32.8% decline in sales in South America, while being partially offset by a 12% increase in sales in North America.
2) North America Suspension
-Compared to 2011, sales in the North America Suspension segment grew 4.8% due to the ongoing economic recovery of the automobile industry.
3) South America Suspension
-Net sales in South America Suspension segment declined 32.8% from 2011 due to a change in environmental regulations that had a temporary negative effect in the bus and truck markets, which was anticipated by the Company.
4) Brake business
-Net sales for the North America Brake segment grew 29.2% from 2011 to 2012 due to the economic recovery of the automobile industry, as well as the start of production of new brake platforms for Ford, Chysler and Volkswagen.
R&D Structure-The Company has an engineering, research and development center in Plymouth, Michigan, USA. The Company also has Product Development laboratories in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, San Martin Texmeulcan, Puebla, Mexico; as well as another laboratory in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Product Developments<Two-piece rotor>
-In 2012, the Company launched a new two-piece rotor which features a ductile iron hat and gray iron brake plates. This rotor provides weight savings of up to 18 percent while also improving a vehicle's heat management capabilities. The rotor will be incorporated on the 2014 Chevrolet "Corvette Stingray", along with two other high performance vehicles in 2015.
-The engineering group developed advanced engineering materials and processes that reduce component weight by 30% for brake and suspension systems. These technologies have already been tested and approved by customers to be launched in 2013 vehicles.
|(in million MXN)|
|FY ended Dec. 31, 2012||FY ended Dec. 31, 2011||FY ended Dec. 31, 2010|