DETROIT -- The ZF Batavia LLC plant in Batavia, OH, will begin tooling up in early 2002 for production of continuously variable transmissions, with production slated for late 2003. Ford Motor Co. owned the plant, which currently produces automatic transmissions, until 1999, when Ford created a joint venture with German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG to assume control of the plant for CVT production. Today, ZF owns 51% of the venture, while Ford owns the remaining 49%. The plant will ...

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