Autoneum bolsters its presence in the emerging market of China

Autoneum has acquired a 25 percent stake in a joint venture with its long-time partner and Japanese supplier Nihon Tokushu Toryo (Nittoku) and Chinese supplier TGPM Automotive Industry Group (TGPM) in the emerging market of China. In the future, innovative components for acoustic and thermal management will be produced for Japanese automobile manufacturers in the company's existing plant in Wuhan.
China is already the world's largest automotive market with around 20 million light vehicles produced annually, and it is one of the most important emerging markets of the automotive industry with an expected increase to over 27 million light vehicles in 2017. To be able to make the most of this potential, Autoneum has acquired a 25 percent stake in an existing joint venture of its long-standing partner Nittoku. Wuhan Nittoku Autoneum Sound-Proof, the joint venture now operated by Nittoku, Autoneum and their Chinese partner TGPM, has maintained a production site in Wuhan, Hubei province, for supplying Japanese automobile manufacturers since 2011. In light of the demand of the automobile manufacturers active in the region, there is an opportunity to supply non-Japanese suppliers with components for acoustic and thermal management in the future as well. Around 200 employees produce dampers, inner dashes, hoodliners, outer dashes, and more at the Wuhan plant. Due to the high production volumes, an expansion of the 7,500 square meter production area is planned for 2014.
Wuhan is one of China's most important automotive clusters and the domicile of European, American and Japanese automobile manufacturers and their suppliers.