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Suspension pays bonus

MORE than 10 years of research and development to design new four wheel drive suspension technology has paid off handsomely – about $51 million worth – for an enterprising Dunsborough identity.

The suspension system technology was invented and patented by Kinetic managing director Chris Heyring, whose company has just been taken over by Tenneco Auto-motive, one of the world’s biggest producers and manufacturers of vehicle components based in the US.

The $51 million purchase is a walk-in, walk-out deal where Tenneco has taken over the complete company, management and staff as well as the exciting technology.

Mr Heyring said he was “very happy about the purchase”.

“It has made our shareholders very happy too,” he said.

While he was coy about revealing details of the technology, the cost of conversion and other technical information, he did confirm the newly designed suspension technology reduces the potential for a vehicle to roll and allows extreme axle movement while maintaining equal load on the wheels.

Mr Heyring said the new deal would allow the company to expand its production considerably and boost exports.

The principal operation involves a conversion of a 4WD vehicle to adopt the new suspension technology. He said for some time the company had been doing conversions for luxury off-road vehicles, such as Land Cruisers, Land Rovers and Cherokees, as well as special passenger cars.

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