Autoneum opens two new China plants

Autoneum has opened two new plants in China to add to its existing eight facilities.

The ninth Autoneum production site is in Pinghu (Zhejiang Province), while a further plant in the North East city of Shenyang Tiexi (Liaoning Province) is already in the ramp-up phase.

The series production of lightweight multifunctional components for noise and heat protection will start at both plants in a few days' time.

Continued strong customer demand for lightweight components for acoustic and thermal management made it necessary to further expand Autoneum's production capacities in China.

Autoneum Pinghu will manufacture underbody systems made of Ultra-Silent for European, US-American and Chinese customers. These textile underbodies will be installed, among others, in various hybrid models and a fully electric vehicle of a new, unnamed Chinese car manufacturer.

When operating at full capacity, around 5.5m underbody components made of Ultra-Silent will be produced in Pinghu each year and delivered just-in-time.

"With our two new plants in China we are continuing our strategy-driven expansion course in this important growth market," said Autoneum CEO, Martin Hirzel.

"We are investing heavily in sustainable production processes as well as in innovative technologies and materials.

"At the same time we are supporting the expansion of electromobility in China with the regional market launch of multifunctional components for a diverse range of drive systems."

Pre-production has already started in Shenyang Tiexi, Autoneum's second production facility in Liaoning Province and series production is to start shortly.

Around 7.5m carpet systems, inner dashes, floor insulators and heatshields will be produced there annually for unnamed German and Swedish vehicle manufacturers on a site measuring 23,000 square metres.

In addition to the fully-owned plants in Chongqing (2006), Taicang (Jiangsu Province; 2010), Shenyang (Liaoning; 2011), Yantai (Shandong; 2017) and Changsha (Hunan; 2017) and a development centre in Shanghai, Autoneum jointly operates Chinese production locations with Japanese automotive supplier, Nittoku in Guangzhou (Guangdong; 2003), Tianjin (2004) and Wuhan (Hubei; 2013).

Autoneum's customers in China include European and US-American as well as several Chinese vehicle manufacturers.

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