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Bosal International / HQ: Lummen, Belgium / Proj. 2010 U.S. sales: $100 million+ / Products: Exhaust systems, catalytic converters, towbars and roof racks / Spencer Sterling, president of Bosal North American operations: “Bosal is a significant player in the exhaust system industry.” bosal says it is a leader in the design of systems that improve fuel consumption and reduce emissions. Up for the Upswing after surviving 2009 , bosal international is looking forward to happier times in 2010 . by alan dorich Many firms have suffered in the face of the economic downturn, but Bosal International has successfully weathered it with minimum disruptions, President of North American Operations Spencer Sterling says. “[We are] poised to take advantage of the inevitable upswing, which has already shown signs of having commenced,” he says. Based in Lummen, Belgium, Bosal International manufactures exhaust systems for passenger cars, trucks 98 SPRING 2010 and industrial applications; catalytic converters; towbar systems; roof bars; and roof racks. Additionally, the company produces an extensive line of jacks and toolkits, precision steel tubing, cabins, warehouse racking systems and irrigation equipment. Sterling notes that the company started operations in Holland in 1923. Today, it operates in 43 different countries with a staff of more than 7,000. In addition, the company serves such clients as General Motors, Ford Motor Co., Land Rover Group Ltd., Volvo Group, Jaguar International, Volkswagen, Chrysler Group LLC, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Bentley Motors. “Bosal is a significant player in the exhaust system industry,” Sterling says. “It has been involved with the international automobile industry for over 50 years, and has a very strong brand identity.” Sterling, who oversees the company’s North American operations from Ypsilanti, Mich., says Bosal’s presence as a supplier in many different countries gives it a lot of experience and innovation to pull from when dealing with international clients. “It very often happens that we approach a prospective customer in

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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2010
Global Strategies
Cost Concerns
Growth Opportunities
Continuous Improvement
Business Value
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Les Plats du Chef
Gardner Denver
Smeal Fire Apparatus Co.
Club Car Inc.
Parkson Corp.
MKS Instruments Inc.
Amity Technology
Co-Operative Industries
Corbi Plastics
Elyria/Hodge Foundries Co.
Inteplast Group Ltd.
Willbanks Metals
Zotos International Inc.
Akron Foundry Co.
Alo North America
Bosal International
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Aesco Electronics
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Ginsey Industries Inc.
Imagineering Finishing Technologies
Imperial Woodworks Inc.
Innovative Lighting
Liburdi Dimetrics
MTC Transformers
Plastiques GPR
S.A. Robotics
Sunrise Windows
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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2010