CHICAGO (March 7)—Lord Corp. has reached an agreement with Delphi Automotive Systems L.L.C. to provide Lord´s Rheonetic-bran magnetically responsive fluid for a new generation of controllable shock absorbers Delphi has designed. Delphi´s MagneRide-brand shocks will use the MR fluid-based dampers to improve both ride and handling. Lord will provide virtually all the MR fluid to be used in the Delphi shocks under the four-year contract signed between the two companies. The newly designed shocks are scheduled to be included on production vehicles in 2002 and 2003. Lord officials discussed the deal at the National Design Engineering Show, held in Chicago on March 5-8.