Visteon has opened an office in St. Petersburg in order to provide an expanded level of service to Visteon's customers operating in Russia.

Key priorities for the office are to provide Visteon's customers with a local interface to Visteon's global engineering and manufacturing resources, and to be a centre for new business development activities. Visteon is also in the process of building a manufacturing facility in the Kaluga region, scheduled to start production in 2010.

"With our representative office as a strong focal point, Visteon is well-positioned to build on the new business wins we have secured in Russia," said Robert Pallash, Visteon senior vice president and president, global customer groups. "As we expand our manufacturing footprint in Russia, the St. Petersburg office will play a key role in driving further business expansion in the Russian market."

Visteon's Russian representative office will be headed by Larissa Koursova. Koursova has extensive knowledge of the automotive supply industry and has previously worked at Visteon's Corporate Offices and Innovation Centre in the US in engineering, sales and business development positions.