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Delphi on Tuesday officially spun off its powertrain division and launched Aptiv, which groups the US supplier’s connectivity operations. A second company, Delphi Technologies, will henceforth include all powertrain-related components and systems.

Aptiv, which will be headquartered in Gillingham, England, and employ 147,000 people worldwide, will be headed by former Delphi CEO Kevin Clark.

The company cited software and vehicle architecture expertise as as its core competence for building the advanced safety and automated driving systems that are expected to power next-generation vehicles.

Delphi isn’t the only automotive supplier that has struggled to focus on two divergent business areas. Sweden’s Autoliv earlier this year announced it would conduct a strategic review of its corporate structure with the intention of possibly creating two separate companies: passive safety and electronics.

Aptiv said it would unveil a portfolio of mobility products at the CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas in January.