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American Axle & Manufacturing
www.aam.com / HQ: Detroit / Employees: 13,000 / Specialty: Driveline and drive systems /
Mike Simonte, president: "We're the only substantial pure-play driveline systems supplier."

Midwest

nal axle manufacturing operation.
Since then, AAM has grown to include 35 facilities in 13 countries - 20
of which are manufacturing locations
and 15 engineering, technical and
business and development centers.
Simonte joined the company 17 years
ago in the finance department. He
worked his way up through the ranks
and was named president on Aug. 1,
2015. The shift in roles has been an
opportunity for Simonte to drive the
business in a more direct way. "A lot of
my finance responsibilities were spent
representing the company to external
stakeholders," he says. "Now most of
my time is spent internally and I love it."

Serving the Auto Industry
aam has 35 facilities in 13
countries - 20 manufacturing
sites and 15 engineering and
development centers.

Delivering Power

american axle's driveline system allowed it to
leap past competitors. by tim o'connor

As auto manufacturers continue to reach for better gas mileage
and more power, American Axle &
Manufacturing (AAM) is innovating
and leap-frogging its competitors
through new technology that supports those initiatives. "The pace of
change and innovation in our industry is moving very quickly right now,"
President Mike Simonte says. "We're
likely to see more change in the next
10 to 20 years than we did in the last
80 to 100 years."
To keep pace with that constant innovation, AAM works in close cooperation with OEMs to design driveline
and drivetrain systems specifically
tailored to individual vehicles. The
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company typically refreshes its products on a five-year cycle and is already
engineering components that won't
launch until 2020. But even as it looks
ahead, AAM continues to support its
existing lineup through frequent incremental improvements.
AAM's capabilities and its ability
to deliver the advanced technology
its customers crave have allowed the
company to ascend to the top of the
Tier 1 automotive supplier world.
"Our space in the industry is the area
between the transmission and the
drive wheels," Simonte says. The
company was founded in 1994 after
purchasing five facilities in two states
that made up General Motors' inter-

AAM's customers are predominately
OEMs, but the company also sells to a
handful of other Tier 1 manufacturers.
The OEM business remains strong
because few auto manufacturers have
an internal driveline manufacturing
division and must rely on suppliers
such as AAM. The company's engineering presence in North America,
South America, Asia and Europe provides it with a footprint capable of
serving customers wherever they are
located. "We work with nearly every
global OEM," Simonte says.
Thanks to its roots as a GM facility,
GM remains AAM's largest customer. But the company also supplies its
systems to Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Daimler, Jaguar Land Rover, Volkswagen,
Nissan, Honda and PACCAR. Even
though Toyota manufactures its own
driveline and drivetrain systems,
AAM still provides components such
as axle shafts to the driveline affiliate
of the Japanese auto giant.
Although other suppliers offer their
own systems, AAM's dedication to
the driveline market gives it an advantage over competitors, Simonte


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