Tenneco Automotive has announced that it is opening a manufacturing facility in Togliatti, Russia, approximately 1,000 kilometres southeast of Moscow. The new facility will supply hot-end original equipment (OE) exhaust components, including catalytic converters and downpipes, and cold-end muffler assemblies for the Chevrolet Niva platform, a car built by a joint venture between General Motors and AvtoVAZ.

Tenneco Automotive expects the facility to be operational by October 2003.

“We are building a meaningful presence in Russia and are well-positioned to capture growth opportunities in this rapidly expanding market,” said Mark P. Frissora, chairman and CEO of Tenneco Automotive. “We will aggressively work to build our book of business by leveraging our regional knowledge and local management backed by Tenneco Automotive’s global resources and engineering capabilities.”

The opening of the Togliatti facility marks the fourth Tenneco Automotive plant in Central and Eastern Europe. The company operates an OE Emission Control plant in Rybnik, Poland; an OE Ride Control plant in Gliwice, Poland and an OE Ride Control and Emission Control facility in Hodkovice, Czech Republic.