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TRW Automotive Facility Earns IndustryWeek '10 Best Plants' Award

PRNewswire-FirstCall
LIVONIA, Mich.
Sep 15, 2004

TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW) announced that its Kelsey-Hayes Company automotive braking facility in Fowlerville, Mich., earned a place on IndustryWeek's prestigious list of 10 best plants in North America for 2004.

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According to IndustryWeek, the 10 best plants are world-class facilities that have made credible changes in the way they run their operations, aligning production processes with customer needs and harnessing people's desire to make things better. Specifically, the Fowlerville site was noted for its 100 percent on-time delivery to customers and increased product quality level (currently 3 ppm, down from 65 ppm in 2000).

The Fowlerville facility, which is part of the Company's Braking & Suspension North America Group, manufactures automotive slip control systems, including antilock braking systems, enhanced valve control systems and vehicle stability control products. Nearly 350 employees work three shifts at the plant.

  The plant boasts:
   -- A three parts per million (ppm) quality level - down from 65 ppm just
      four years ago
   -- 100 percent on-time delivery performance to 15 assembly locations
   -- Less than five days' on-hand inventory levels

Although General Motors Corp. has been a primary customer, Kelsey-Hayes recently signed contracts to manufacture components at Fowlerville for additional automakers in the United States and China beginning in the 2006 model year.

Ronald Muckley, vice president of Operations for TRW Braking & Suspension North America, says one key of Fowlerville's success is its employees' relentless drive to find the root cause of problems and then apply permanent solutions. In addition, "employees have created a number of innovative, world-class manufacturing practices at Fowlerville that were later implemented at our other facilities," he said. "Fowlerville is a plant where everyone feels like they're the proud owners of a very successful business. To keep it top-notch, employees are constantly looking for ways to do things better."

About TRW

With 2003 sales of $11.3 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's top 10 automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, employs approximately 61,000 people in 22 countries. TRW Automotive products include integrated vehicle control and driver assist systems, braking systems, steering systems, suspension systems, occupant safety systems (seat belts and airbags), electronics, engine components, fastening systems and aftermarket replacement parts and services. All references to "TRW Automotive", "TRW" or the "Company" in this press release refer to TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. and its subsidiaries, unless otherwise indicated. TRW Automotive news is available on the Internet at http://www.trwauto.com/ .

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains statements that are not statements of historical fact, but instead are forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Our actual results could differ materially from those contained in forward-looking statements made in this release. Such risks, uncertainties and other important factors which could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contained in our forward-looking statements are set forth in the TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. final prospectus dated as of February 2, 2004 (the "Prospectus") filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") pursuant to Rule 424(b)(4), our Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2003 (the "10K") and our Report on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 26 and June 25, 2004 and include: our substantial leverage; the highly competitive automotive parts industry and its and include: our substantial leverage; the highly competitive automotive parts industry and its cyclicality; pricing pressures from our customers; increasing costs for purchased components and raw materials; non-performance by, or insolvency of, our suppliers; product liability and warranty and recall claims; our dependence on our largest customers; limitations on flexibility in operating our business contained in our debt agreements; increases in interest rates; fluctuations in foreign exchange rates; the possibility that our owners' interests will conflict with ours; work stoppages or other labor issues and other risks and uncertainties set forth under "Risk Factors" in the Prospectus and the 10-K and in our other SEC filings. We do not intend or assume any obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.

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CONTACT: Manley Ford of TRW Automotive, +1-734-266-2616; John Wilkerson of TRW Automotive/North America, +1-734-266-3864; or Lynette Jackson of TRW Automotive/Europe/Asia, +44-121-506-5315

Web site: http://www.trwauto.com/


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