Automotive Purchasing Weekly 25 April 2016 - page 12

MagnetiMarelli opensnewChinese
headquarters inShanghai
21 April 2016 | Tier Suppliers
Opening of the new offices was held on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the presence
of Magneti Marelli in China.
The new headquarters of Magneti Marelli
for China were opened with an official
ceremony in Shanghai. In addition to hosting
the staff, administrative and commercial
functions for the activities relating to the
powertrain, automotive lighting, exhaust
systems, suspensions and aftermarket areas,
the new building also includes an important
Research and Development Centre for the
powertrain and automotive lighting business
“The investment for these new
Gorlier, CEO of Magneti Marelli - aims to
further strengthen the organisation of
Magneti Marelli in China, offering greater
flexibility, efficiency and responsiveness
in supporting the local development of
target technological solutions with market
demands and appropriately and attentively
meeting the needs of its customers in this
crucial area for the automotive market.”
The new management structure is, more
precisely, located in Jujin Road in the North
East area of Pudong and covers an area
of over 22,000 square metres, of which
about 6,500 are devoted to the two R&D
laboratories. The new headquarters will
accommodate around 550 people at the end
of 2016, reaching approximately 700 people
in 2018. Of these over 350 will be engineers
and technicians involved in the activities of
the R&D and product development centres.
“20 years: it has been a long journey
during which Magneti Marelli has grown
with Chinese automotive industry, but a
future of further prosperity is still to be
written,” stated Sylvain Dubois, Chairman
of Magneti Marelli China. “Magneti Marelli
China is currently accelerating its growth
with several new plants in ramp up phase.
We are implementing in a decisive way our
technology to offer our latest innovations
to the Chinese and Asian markets. Our
important investment in R&D testifies how
much we place customers and innovation at
the heart of our Chinese strategy.
The activities of the powertrain
research and development laboratory at
the new headquarters in Shanghai will
focus on developing strategic solutions
and components for the area of ​hybrid
systems, electronics and electromechanical
In this regard, the interest of the Chinese
market in hybrid systems and electric
propulsion has been experiencing strong
growth for years now, with production
volumes of approximately 170,000 hybrid
systems in 2015 with an estimated growth of
49% in 2016 (data source IHS March 2016).
In addition to gasoline systems and
GDI direct injection systems in particular,
electronic control units for engine and
transmissions and to intake manifolds, the
powertrain research and development
activities will also focus on the development
of technologies and systems for motorcycles
and two wheelers. Completing the picture
are also facilities and machinery for
reliability testing and qualitative validation
of components, aimed at guaranteeing the
highest quality to customers.
The R&D laboratory of automotive lighting
will instead be engaged in developing and
adapting to the Chinese and Asian markets
all the front and rear lighting technologies
starting from technologically proven, large-
scale applied and highly reliable halogen
solution. The lighting R&D laboratory will also
focus on technological peaks represented
by the more advanced applications of LEDs
and their distinguishing features in terms
of safety, durability, fuel reduction and
emissions and design. The 1,500 square
metres of surface area will be occupied by
research laboratories dedicated to the fields
of optics, electronics, thermal simulation
as well as to approval testing and product
Tennecoexpands JapanTechnical Centre
22 April 2016 | Tier Suppliers
Located in Yokohama, the facility provides
engineering and product development
services including a full range of product
testing capabilities.
The technical centre supports Tenneco’s
full line of Clean Air and Ride Performance
products for applications including light
vehicles, commercial trucks and off-highway
“I am pleased to officially open our
expanded research and development centre
to serve our Japan-based customers with
state-of-the-art engineering capabilities,”
said Patrick Guo, Tenneco Senior Vice
President and General Manager - Asia
Pacific. “Our engineering know-how, global
regulatory expertise and capabilities in
systems integration are driving Tenneco’s
success in serving our customers with
innovative, cost-effective solutions.”
Technical Centre capabilities
The Tenneco Japan Technical Centre
features two engine dynamometres used in
the testing of emissions control systems for
both diesel and gasoline engines. Additional
emission control testing capabilities
include an anechoic chamber for acoustic
testing, cold flow bench for backpressure
verification, thermal durability testing,
hot vibration testing, system design and
analysis, modeling, acoustic analysis and
performance validation using advanced CAE
Tenneco’s technical centre also offers
testing capabilities for vehicle suspension
products including predictive analysis,
performance evaluation and acoustic
testing. To support development of complete
ride performance systems, Tenneco Japan
engineers also use two specially-designed
mobile ride tuning vans to create custom
solutions for customers. Working from
these mobile laboratories on-site at a
customer’s location, Tenneco engineers can
create suspension systems optimised for a
specific brand’s ride, handling and comfort
The 6,800-square metre facility currently
has 18 employees including engineering and
testing personnel.
“This expansion demonstrates our
commitment to our Japan-based customers
and further strengthens our global
engineering footprint,” said Yasuharu
Shimonishi, General Manager, Japan and
global Japan OEM business for Tenneco.
“We continue to enhance our capabilities
in Japan with a focus on providing our
automotive and commercial truck and
technologies and outstanding engineering
support globally.”
In addition to the expanded technical
centre and administrative offices in
Yokohama, Tenneco’s presence in Japan
includes a manufacturing facility in Osaka
and offices in Nagoya. Tenneco has operated
in Japan since 1973, and today, the company
supplies clean air and ride performance
products globally to eight Japan-based
light vehicle and off-highway equipment
Faureciasells itsautomotiveexterior
business toPlasticOmnium
19 April 2016 | Tier Suppliers
Faurecia signed the definitive agreement
(Sales and Purchase Agreement) for the
sale of its automotive exteriors business to
Plastic Omnium.
The transaction concerns the bumpers
and front end modules business of Faurecia
which had sales of €2 billion in 2015 and
employs 7,700 people in 22 sites. The
Entreprise Value of the transaction is €665
The appropriate filings will now be made
by Plastic Omnium with the relevant antitrust
authorities and the
transaction is due to close during 2016.
This sale, combined with the early
redemption by Faurecia of its convertible
bond that was completed in January
2016, will almost completely eliminate
Faurecia’s debt. The group will thus be able
to accelerate investment in value-added
technologies for sustainable mobility and
enhanced life on board. The composite
business of Faurecia is an integral part of its
technology strategy for lightweight solutions
and is thus not included in the deal with
Plastic Omnium.
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