Tenneco Inc. (formerly Tenneco Automotive and originally Tennessee Gas Transmission Company),Tenneco is an $8 billion global manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois andapproximately 26,000 employees worldwide. Tenneco is one of the world’s largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of clean air and ride performance products and systems for automotive, commercial truck and off-highway original equipment markets and the aftermarket. Tenneco’s principal brand names are Monroe®, Walker®, XNOx™ and Clevite®Elastomer.

Tenneco’s Global Operation is spread over 89 factories and 14 engineering and technical centres. Technical headquarters for clean air is located in Edekoben (Germany) and for ride performance in Sint-Truiden (Belgium). The first factory in Europe was located in 1959 in Sint -Truiden and until recently the largest factory for ride performance products in Europe, employing 1100 people in total. Next to the plant there is Tenneco METC, which is the Global Research and Development Office for Ride Performance supporting the 14 technical and engineering centers. Tenneco has more than 23%market share in Europe, and is producing 93 million shock absorbers yearly.

Tenneco is investing in advanced products (branded as “Monroe Intelligent Systems, adding the sixth sense to your drive”) and has been awarded innovation of the year for vehicle dynamic systems in 2011and 2013. It is expected that the market for semi and active suspension systems will rapidly grow to a 20% in 2020. Tenneco is aiming to evolve as market leader of innovative ride performance systems. The research and development office is responsible for 218 well skilled staff in the fields of lightweight materials, control systems, core engineering, simulation and advanced manufacturing. Tenneco lives up to its corporate responsibility and has strategically established the principle of sustainability for its products and processes.

Tenneco has outstanding financial, operative and management capabilities. Tenneco’s production is shared among 89 manufacturing facilities located worldwide, while research and innovation activities are performed by its 14 engineering and technical centres, under coordination at the Tenneco R&D headquarters of St.-Truiden, in Belgium, which will directly manage the project. Just in 2013, Tenneco has invested around $144 million in Research and Development projects.

Website: www.tenneco.com/europe/