Grupo Antolin has established a joint venture with Shanghai-based NAEN Auto Technology, an automotive Chinese electronics player specialised in Passive Entry Passive Start System (PEPS) and other car body management functions, to develop integrated electronic products.

The JV will supply to BMW, GM, Toyota, Honda, Volvo, Geely and others.

The Spanish supplier says the agreement, along with the partnership signed with AED Engineering in Europe a few months ago, will bolster the work of its Electronic Systems Business Unit, which was launched in early 2020 as part of the company’s new strategy.

Grupo Antolin and NAEN will combine their experience to enhance the electronic integration of current products in the vehicle interior.

With a focus on the Electronic Control Unit as the core electronic component to manage multiple functions related to Grupo Antolin interior and exterior components in the vehicle, the collaboration aims to consolidate Antolin’s position as a provider of electronic technological solutions supported by NAEN’s electronic engineering experience

“The exponential growth of electronics content in the vehicle, increasing electronics market expansion driven by new electric vehicles and connected autonomous cars and the relevant role China will play in leading innovation in this field, make Grupo Antolin reinforce its commitment with the Chinese market to enhance our electronic capabilities and provide all customers here the best-in-class added-value technologies,” said Grupo Antolin APAC president, Jorge Juarez.

“We truly believe Grupo Antolin, through this joint venture, will be the best ally of all of our customers to design and create smart, intelligent interiors which mark a new era in the adoption of electric vehicle and connected cars.”