This excerpt taken from the ALV 10-K filed Feb 19, 2010.
An important element of Autolivs strategy has been to establish joint ventures to promote its geographical expansion and technological development and to gain assistance in marketing Autolivs full product line to local automobile manufacturers. Autoliv is not currently involved in any joint ventures that have been formed for the purpose of developing technology, but it is possible that strategic alliances combining Autolivs technologies and expertise with that of others may expand business opportunities in the future.
Autoliv typically contributes design and production knowledge to joint ventures, with the local partner providing sales support and manufacturing facilities. Some of these local partners manufacture and sell standardized seatbelt systems, and will, through the joint venture with Autoliv, be able to upgrade their technology to meet specific customer demands and/or expand their product offerings. In addition to joint ventures in emerging markets, Autoliv has also established joint ventures in developed markets, such as France, either to strengthen its sales position or to gain access to the market.
For information on how these joint ventures are accounted for, including name and Autolivs percentage of ownership, see Note 7 of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements on page 58 of the Annual Report, which is incorporated herein by reference.