By Richard Higgs, Plastics & Rubber Weekly
Burgos, Spain -- Spanish car components manufacturer Grupo Antolin is in the process of significant expansion in both China and Russia.
Burgos-based Antolin will shortly complete the construction of a new plant in Chengdu, China. Meanwhile, it is ramping up production at its new interior parts plant in St Petersburg, Russia which began turning out door trim late last year.
Building work on the new facility, operated by Chengdu Antolin Huaxiang Auto Interior Trim, is due to be concluded in March. The unit, located in Sichuan province in southwestern China, will manufacture vehicle roof liners.
Output from the new facility is destined initially for its chief client, an automotive joint venture between Volkswagen and local vehicle builder FAW. The Chengdu plant is Antolin's 10th operation in China.
The Chengdu business is wholly owned by the Spanish group's Chinese joint venture, Gongzhuling Antolin Hauxiang in which Grupo Antolin holds a 47 percent stake.
Meanwhile, in St Petersburg, the company began turning out door panels for the Hyundai Solaris in mid-Oct 2010. The plant will start to supply Ford Motor Co. in Russia later this year. Antolin expects the plant to employ around 120.