Delphi Corp. will receive a nearly $1 million (euro760,000) grant from NASA and the Michigan Research Institute to develop an advanced welding process for use in spacecraft and terrestrial vehicles.
Deformation resistance welding allows different materials and shapes to be welded together at a lower cost than traditional welding methods.
The procedure can be used to manufacture heavy load-bearing structures, mobile medical products and automobiles because of its ability to handle tube-to-tube and tube-to-sheet welding.
"Delphi will be in a stronger position to provide innovative joining and structural solutions to a broader set of customers," Jayson Pankin, Delphi's new venture creation specialist, told the Detroit Free Press for a Tuesday story.
The grant is expected to be announced this week.
Troy-based Delphi, the nation's largest auto parts supplier, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October 2005.