US: Visteon opens factory for VW in Kaluga, Russia
Visteon Corporation has opened an automotive interiors manufacturing facility in Kaluga, one of Russia's main centres for automotive production, approximately 180km (112 miles) southwest of Moscow.
Based in the Kaluga supplier park, the new facility manufactures injection moulded door panels and other interior components for the VW Polo sold locally.
The plant has just completed its switch from SKD to full CKD kit assembly - adding welding and painting and Visteon plans to reach full production in the first quarter of 2011. Equipped with advanced injection molding lines and ultrasonic welding assembly cells, the new plant can be expanded as the supplier develops business in the region.
"The Kaluga plant demonstrates Visteon's commitment to establishing a strong presence in the growing Russian market in support of our global growth objectives," said Steve Meszaros, Visteon product group president.
Pierre Boulet, general manager for Europe and South America, added: "This new facility provides a platform for Visteon to expand our relationships with the increasing number of global vehicle manufacturers in the region."
Visteon currently supplies interior, climate, electronics and lighting components to global vehicle manufacturers' Russian locations. It recently announced the formation of a joint venture, OOO Visteon Avtopribor Electronics, to supply a wide range of cockpit electronics products to vehicle manufacturers in Russia.