management, and interior seating. Our experience includes exterior, interior, under-hood, and electro-mechanical products.
In order to provide our customers with the best value product solutions, Carlisle Engineered Products employs a variety of alternative process technologies for plastics (injection molding, blow molding, and extrusion) and rubber (molding and extrusion). Our QS9000-certified manufacturing facilities are strategically positioned to provide optimum logistical advantages to the majority of our customer base. Carlisle Engineered Products has ten plants in the United States and one in Mexico.
Throughout 2001, in a tough automotive environment, Carlisle Engineered Products
underwent restructuring and realignment to better balance plant workloads
to shifting customer needs. Additionally, we held fast to our lean manufacturing
activities at all of our facilities, improved return on employed assets through
improved working capital management, and drastically reduced fixed costs.
We secured orders to develop and launch new products in several segments of
the OEM market.
Carlisle Engineered Products long history of engineering excellence and design innovation has positioned us well to meet the ever-increasing expectations of our automotive customers. We pioneered the development of injection molded plastic radiator end tanks in North America, and maintain majority market share. Additionally, we designed and manufactured the first blow molded
plastic bumper reinforcement to meet the 5-mph impact test. Carlisle Engineered Products won
the Powertrain Category of the Society of Plastics Engineers Most Innovative Use of Plastics awards competition for the 2001 model year for our development of an injection molded charge-
air-cooler end tank, replacing cast aluminum in this under-hood high temperature application.
Carlisle Engineered Products embraces the process of continuous improvement and continues to employ new technologies and innovative solutions to meet our customers ever-increasing demands for higher value at lower costs.