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EDS, American Axle & Manufacturing Extend IT Services Relationship

EDS leverages knowledge, resources to drive operational efficiencies and cost reduction for American Axle & Manufacturing

EDS has announced a five-year information technology (IT) agreement with American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. (AAM). EDS will provide business and technical resources to deliver IT services at the direction of AAM. The contract extends a decade-long relationship between the two companies. Financial terms of the extension were not disclosed.

"AAM is committed to reducing costs while delivering quality products and services to its customers," said Darl Davidson, EDS' Manufacturing Industry Group. "EDS is aligned with these goals, and will deliver value as part of the AAM team. This new agreement underscores AAM's confidence in EDS' leadership in delivering technology services and solutions to the automotive sector."

Over the last decade, AAM and EDS have worked to assure the company has best-in-class technology services. During 2003, the AAM-EDS team successfully met two challenges.

The team provided IT services for the move of nearly 800 AAM associates from various locations to support the occupancy of the new AAM world headquarters building in Detroit without disruption to critical IT infrastructure and business applications.

The August 2003 U.S. electricity Northeast blackout cut off all power at AAM facilities in Detroit. EDS supported the AAM team in the implementation of AAM's IT disaster plan. The result was a seamless recovery of IT services from the manufacturing floors to the executive offices.

AAM’s Forging Division includes Cheektowaga Machining Facility, Cheektowaga, NY; Tonawanda Forge Facility, Tonawanda, NY; Colfor Manufacturing, with operations in Malvern, Minerva, and Salem, OH; Detroit Forge Facility, Detroit; and MSP Industries, with operations in Centerline and Oxford, MI.

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