Shenyang, China -- International Automotive Components (IAC) Group opened its newest manufacturing facility for automotive carpets 10 July. The plant is the company's ninth in China, in the northeast city of Shenyang.
IAC said this plant, in Shenyang's Shenbei New District, "represents a key milestone in IAC's continued growth in China," where it began operating just over five years ago, in Shanghai.
The Shenyang facility is part of IAC Songjiang, a joint venture between IAC and Shanghai Car Carpet Plant (SCCP). It supplies Shanghai General Motors' nearby Norsom facility with just-in-time delivery of manufactured carpet for the Chevrolet Cruze and Buick GL8, and employs more than 100 people.
Rapid expansion in the Asia-Pacific region has been a priority for IAC in continuing to support its growing global customer base. The new operation is the company's second site in north China -- it set one up in Beijing in 2010 - and broadens its footprint in the growing northern automotive centre of Liaoning.
IAC says the new plant employs top class processes and has sufficient space to allow IAC to expand in future.
"IAC is committed to supporting our customers with a local presence as they continue to expand here in the world's largest automotive market," said Jim Kamsickas, president and ceo of IAC Group, in the company statement.
Describing the new plant as an important addition, Kamsickas said IAC will strengthen "its key customer relationships and support business opportunities as the auto industry continues to expand in China."
In the Asia-Pacific region IAC now has 14 manufacturing locations (including Shenyang) as well as five design and technical facilities and joint ventures in China, Malaysia and Thailand, serving multinational and domestic OEMs around the world.