Eaton has announced that it will expand its vehicle operations in China by investing in a new engine valve production facility in Jining City, Shandong Province.

Eaton will start construction of the 10,000-square metre facility in July 2010. The new facility will assemble engine valves and valve actuation components for automotive customers in the Chinese market.

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“The further expansion of Eaton’s production capability is another positive step forward in meeting our significant growth goals in the region,” said Frank Wang, general manager – China for Eaton’s Vehicle Group.

“We work closely with both domestic and global automotive manufacturers to develop technology-based solutions for their needs in the fast-growing Chinese market, and we’re excited about the growth possibilities this new facility provides.”

Joseph Palchak, president of Eaton’s Vehicle Group, said, “The investment in the new facility in Jining represents Eaton’s long-standing commitment to produce products for the region within the region.  As China’s automotive market expands, we will continue to work with our local partners to provide leading technologies for our Chinese customers.”

Eaton currently manufactures automotive components in its facility in Shanghai — Shanghai Eaton Engine Components Company, Ltd. (SEECO) — for Shanghai Volkswagen, Shanghai General Motors, FAW-Volkswagen, Shenyang Aerospace Mitsubishi, Guangzhou Dongfeng Honda, Changan Suzuki, Changan Ford and Jiangling Motors.

The new Jining plant will be located in the same campus of Eaton Hydraulics System (Jining) Co., Ltd., which produces steering pumps, hydraulic motors and filtration components. It is Eaton’s largest manufacturing base for hydraulics products in Asia Pacific.

“With continued investment in Jining, we are expanding our Industrial sector operations to now include hydraulics, filtration, and vehicle components. The expanded manufacturing capability in China will give Eaton significant momentum in this key growth market,” Frank Wang said.