Interiors specialist International Automotive Components (IAC) has opened a new factory in Hangzhou, China.
It was IAC’s 11th factory opening in seven countries in the past two years, increasing its tally of locations to 102 worldwide.
Hangzhou will employ 220 and initially make door panel and centre console assemblies for Changan Ford, along with door trim components for Shanghai General Motors and instrument panel and centre console components for Chery Jaguar Land Rover.
Reinforcing the supplier’s vertical integration strategy, the new factory will also provide a range of premium cut, sewn and wrapped interior components, using highly crafted materials, such as leather, simulated leather and cloth with an array of custom stitch patterns.
“Our new Hangzhou operation reflects our on-going commitment to support our global customers with premium interior manufacturing capabilities in line with their global platform strategies,” said Brian Pour, senior vice president of IAC’s North Asia region. “Our cut, sew and wrapping operations at this plant join 20 other IAC locations around the world, further exemplifying a vertical integration strategy that differentiates IAC from many competitors and brings added value to our customers.”
Hangzhou is IAC’s 14th new facility in China since 2006, bringing the total number of Asian operations to 29, including the company’s new regional headquarters in Shanghai (June 2014). The company opened two factories in Changshu in October 2014.
At 78,577 sq ft (7,300 sq m), the Hangzhou plant is located near regional logistics hubs and several OEM customers’ assembly plants.
IAC last May opened a 90,000 sq ft (8,361 sq m) Arteaga, Mexico, factory to support the auto industry’s continued growth in the country.