International Automotive Components (IAC) has continued its aggressive global expansion with the inauguration of a new manufacturing facility, Shanghai IAC-Songjiang Automotive Carpet and Acoustics, located in Tianjin, China. This marked the company's 14th facility opening in seven countries in the past two years, increasing its total number of worldwide locations to 104.

The 5,200 square-metre (56,000 square-feet) facility will employ more than 180 people and will manufacture vehicle flooring and acoustics systems and headliners, for Mercedes-Benz vehicles, including GLC, GLA, C-Class and E-Class models. The facility is scheduled to expand by another 4,300 square metres in 2016.

"Our new Tianjin operation reflects our on-going commitment to support our global customers with premium interior manufacturing capabilities in line with their global platform strategies," said Robert Miller, president and chief executive officer of IAC Group. "I am excited to take part in this growth and look forward to continuing to support our customers wherever in the world they need us."