Motorola AIEG Signs Alliance Agreement with Zytek Group

UK-based Zytek specialists in engine management systems for hybrid-electric and electric vehicle drivetrains.

Published: 19-Dec-2000

NORTHBROOK, Ill., Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- In a move that will boost Motorola's presence in the integrated electronic engine systems market, Motorola's (NYSE: MOT) Automotive and Industrial Electronics Group (AIEG), a business unit of the Motorola Integrated Electronics and Systems Sector (IESS), today announced that it has signed an alliance agreement with, and will be making a strategic equity investment in, U.K.-based Zytek Group to develop advanced electronic control systems for engines and powertrains used in passenger vehicles.

"Today, successful system integrators must expand their capabilities in the area of electronic engine control systems in order to remain competitive," said Joe Guglielmi, executive vice president and president of Motorola IESS. "The principal purpose of this alliance is to serve the future needs of our OEM customers."

Zytek's technology is well known in Formula racing, where the company supplies engines for Formula 3000 racing teams. Zytek built the first Le Mans hybrid racecar, a vehicle powered by both internal combustion and electric power systems, two years before hybrid passenger cars were introduced to the U.S. market.

Zytek's technology portfolio includes race and passenger car engines and engine management systems, hybrid-electric and electric vehicle drivetrains supplemented by electromechanical engineering services. Motorola AIEG develops and manufactures electronics and electronic systems for automotive original equipment manufacturers and other automotive customers worldwide.

"This alliance marks an important milestone for both companies," said Dave Melka, senior vice president and general manager of Motorola AIEG. "Zytek brings to the relationship advanced drivetrain technology in a market that is poised to explode. Motorola offers industry-leadership capabilities in designing and manufacturing engine control modules (ECMs), powertrain control modules (PCMs) and other advanced automotive electronics which encompass Motorola's DigitalDNA(TM) technology that helps make our customers' products smarter, faster and more reliable."

"Motorola's leadership in ECM and PCM electronics provides the important muscle that brings it all together to create powerful new integrated engine/powertrain systems," said Bill Gibson, chairman of Zytek Group Ltd. The market has been clamoring for new solutions to meet demanding fuel economy, emissions and performance requirements. Zytek and Motorola together form a very strong team dedicated to meeting these challenges."

The alliance will work through a newly-formed department, Motorola Zytek Technologies (MZT), which will be located near Zytek's U.K. headquarters. MZT's focus will be on engine management systems and systems integration for powertrain applications exclusively for Motorola AIEG.

Motorola IESS

The Integrated Electronic Systems Sector (IESS) is part of Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT). IESS is a leading provider of advanced electronic products and systems for customers integrating electronics into their products. Motorola's Automotive and Industrial Electronics Group (AIEG) researches, develops and manufactures electronics and electronic systems for automotive original equipment manufacturers and all tiers of automotive system suppliers and industrial customers worldwide. Motorola IESS solutions provide the brains -- the DigitalDNA(TM) -- that make electronic systems smart, powerful and easy to use.

Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) is a global leader in providing integrated communications solutions and embedded electronic solutions. Sales in 1999 were $33.1 billion.


Zytek, a U.K.-based company, was formed in 1982 and designs, develops and manufactures high quality products for several classes of racecars. Motor sports success led the company into road car engine management. The group supplements electronic products with engine design and development, wiring systems and sensor manufacture. Zytek also supplies electro/mechanical engineering services, providing individual services or resources to complete turnkey projects for petrol-engine vehicles, hybrids and electric vehicles.

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