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Barloworld builds on open source, Drupal

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Automotive engineers Barloworld CVT Technologies have set up on online presence using open source software and the Drupal content management system.
Obsidian Switch recently completed the work on a new website for Barloworld CVT Technologies.

A subsidiary of Barloworld, CVT Technologies has developed a revolutionary new gearbox for the automotive industry and required a website to facilitate its business.

"The company has just acquired patent rights for a new gearbox that we have developed," says Jan Naude, managing director of Barloworld CVT Technologies. "The product has been in development since 2002 and is now being marketed internationally. A prototype has already been tested in a car in South Africa."

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