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Delphi and SAE Agree to Expand Technical Library into Global Knowledge Center at Prominent Chinese University

Troy, MI,, Jan. 23, 2004 - The Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International) and Delphi Corp. announce the expansion of their relationship in the Delphi Tsinghua Institute (DTI) in Beijing, China. Delphi and SAE first entered into a five-year agreement with Tsinghua University in June of 1999 to develop the comprehensive DTI-SAE technical library on the Beijing campus.

Under the new memorandum that will begin in June of 2004, the expanded facility will be called the "DTI-SAE Global Knowledge Center." The new and expanded facility will include an full time staff person, SAE books, technical papers and standards, and the provision of space and personnel for education and technical training programs.

"Delphi is proud to extend the commitment we made with Tsinghua University and SAE almost five years ago," said Donald Runkle, Delphi vice chairman, Lean Enterprise and Chief Technology Officer. "The DTI-SAE Knowledge Center will bring the Chinese market an excellent technical resource to develop qualified engineers and technical professionals who can support the phenomenal growth in China's automotive industry."

Duane Tiede, 2004 President of SAE International echoes Mr. Runkle's sentiments. "One of the Society's primary goals is to provide capable practitioners to the mobility industries in order to prepare for future advancement. Delphi is an ideal partner for us to ensure the DTI-SAE Global Knowledge Center will be a big step in moving China with some strong momentum into the realm of a worldwide automotive force. The Chinese industry and the Chinese quality of life in the future depend on having technically prepared Chinese engineers ready to make their industry thrive for the long term."

Delphi Tsinghua University was established in 1996 and offers approximately 70 courses in areas including Lean Manufacturing, Automotive Engineering and Leadership Management. Since 1996, DTI has conducted more than 14,300 weeks of training for automotive and non-automotive companies throughout China.

Tsinghua University is one of the top ranked colleges in all of China, and the Tsinghua graduate school has been recognized nationally, ranking first in the National Evaluation of Graduate Schools. The university has 30,000 students, and its Mechanical Engineering school offers 18 masters programs, 16 doctoral programs, and hosts three National Engineering centers.


Present at the DTI-SAE Global Knowledge Center signing event were, L-R: Hugh Miller, NeoStones MicroFabrication; Gary Schkade, SAE International; Melissa Mishler, SAE International; Don Runkle, Delphi Corporation; Eden Chen, China Consultant, SAE Board of Directors; Duane Tiede, SAE 2004 President; Andrew Brown, Delphi Corporation; Edward Tao, Apex Consulting; Bob Chalker, SAE International

Media Contact: Steve Yaeger, SAE Public Relations - (724) 772-4068