March 5th, 2009

Mr. Jose Maria Tarrago Fabo, co-founder of the Ficosa group, has died

Mr. Jose Maria Tarrago Fabo, the co-founder of the Ficosa group, died yesterday (March 4th) at age 85. A modest person throughout his life, Mr. Tarrago provided the technical vision for the company, while his partner and brother-in-law, Mr. Josep Maria Pujol, focused on the more public commercial and administrative functions. His demise coincides with the 60th Anniversary of the company, which began as a small repair shop for mechanical cables and parts under the name Pujol y Tarrago SL. This was in 1949 when the automobile industry was virtually nonexistent in Spain. In the mid-eighties, the company adopted its current name, Ficosa International. At this point, it had already evolved into a group of companies each specializing in various automotive components. Married with Mrs. Merce Pujol, Mr. Jose Maria Tarrago retired from a direct role in the company for several years although four of his five children are executives.

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February 27th, 2009

Ficosa in the EUCAP 2009 – European Conference on Antennas and Propagation

The Ficosa Advanced Communications Business Unit participates at the 3rd European Conference on Antennas and Propagation (EUCAP 2009) being held in Berlin from March 23 to 27. This prestigious European Forum brings together scientists, academics, engineers and technicians to analyze the present and future role of the antenna systems and communication technologies in today’s world, as well as discuss and share their future applications at the European level.

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December 19th, 2008

Ficosa joins the European eCall

Ficosa joined the “Emergency Call (eCall)” initiative by signing its “Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)”, which is promoted by the European Commission through the eSafety Forum. This Ficosa’s commitment is aligned with its global strategy based on the research and development of technologies to improve safety, comfort and reduce the environmental impact of vehicles.

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December 5th, 2008

More than 900 children have participated in the IX Christmas Drawing Contest

More than 900 children from all over the world have participated in the 9th edition of the Christmas Drawing Contest organized by Ficosa. The company has organized this contest since 2000 for the Christmas holidays. The sons/daughters and nieces/nephews (up to 14 years old) of the Group’s employees from around the world participate in the contest.

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November 11th, 2008

Ficosa and Amaryllo jointly develop next generation product for traffic information reception

Ficosa’s Advanced Communications Business Unit and Amaryllo, a Dutch provider of real time traffic information technology for PND manufacturers, have developed together a new product for the traffic warning reception into Personal Navigation Devices. The technologies from both companies allow integration of the antenna and TMC electronics and software into one single piece, making TMC integration a very easy task for GPS manufacturers.

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October 29th, 2008

Ficosa launches the world’s first TMC antenna to be integrated into the PND

Ficosa’s Advanced Communications Business Unit has launched the world’s first TMC – Traffic Message Channel – antenna, which is entirely integrated into the Personal Navigation Device (PND), thanks to its technology and know-how in antenna miniaturization. The first Personal Navigation Device to equip these TMC integrated antennas from Ficosa was the new Falk F8 model from the German company, Falk Marco Polo, of which more than 50,000 units have already been sold in Europe.

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September 19th, 2008

Ficosa and GMV develop system that will allow sharing vehicles and routes

Ficosa and the technological business group GMV, have developed a system that will allow vehicles to be shared, in line with the mobility plans the European and Spanish Authorities are working on, which, among other measures, anticipate promoting and favouring vehicles that circulate with more than one occupant. It involves technology that will facilitate the “shared route”. The development of this technology is part of the CENIT “MARTA” Project, led by Ficosa. The system is an application of the know-how that is gaining through this research project.

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September 15th, 2008

Lower Saxony’s Minister of Economy visits Ficosa – Wilke

Lower Saxony’s minister of economy, Mr. Walter Hirche, visited Wilke (Wolfenbuttel – Germany), the Ficosa Group’s company dedicated to the research, development, production, and commercialization of systems and components for commercial and industrial vehicles worldwide.

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September 8th, 2008

Jose Vicente de los Mozos, new Chief Operating Officer of the Automotive Division

Ficosa has incorporated Jose Vicente de los Mozos as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the company’s Automotive Division. The appointment of Mr. De los Mozos takes place inside the strategic process of diversification towards other sectors linked to the mobility that Ficosa is carrying out, and that will lead, in the next months to the reorganization of the Group in four Areas: Automotive, Aeronautics, Innovation & New Technologies, and Commercial Vehicle and Other Services.

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July 22nd, 2008

Ficosa and Omron to Form Joint Venture to Develop and Supply ADAS Technology for Vehicles

Ficosa and Omron Corporation, a Japanese automotive electronics maker, have agreed to form a joint venture dedicated to the development, production and commercialisation of ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) technology for the automotive sector worldwide.

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May 28th, 2008

Spain Ambassador visits Tata Ficosa

Tata Ficosa Automotive Systems, a 50:50 joint venture of Tata AutoComp Systems Ltd and Ficosa, witnessed the visit of the Ambassador of Spain, Mr. Ion de la Riva accompanied by Mr. Erik Rovina, Economic Commercial Counselor. The Ambassador was welcomed by the Tata Ficosa Automotive Systems team at Tata Ficosa’s plant located in Hinjewadi, Pune (Mumbai, India).

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April 28th, 2008

Ficosa recognized by General Motors as a 2007 Supplier of the Year

The Command & Control Business Unit of Ficosa awarded. Ficosa received the GM 2007 Supplier of the Year award for its significant contributions to GM’s global product and performance achievements.

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