China Automotive Systems said today that it had received an initial purchase order for power steering gears from a global automotive manufacturer headquartered in North America.

Without revealing who the customer was, the company said: “This first purchase order is part of an agreement to supply power steering gears to this automotive manufacturer.”

“This agreement represents a major milestone as it is the first contract for China Automotive Systems in the North American original equipment manufacturer (OEM) market. These power steering gears are intended for one model of a well-known automobile brand. The vehicle dynamic evaluation of these gears has shown them to be compatible or superior to the current product,” the company said.

Qizhou Wu, chief executive officer of China Automotive Systems, said: “We are very excited to have been selected by this major North American automotive manufacturer to become a supplier of important power steering gears. As a leading independent power steering component and systems supplier in China, we are on our way to broaden our geographic reach and to penetrate into other world-class automotive OEMs.”