An Inteva joint venture has opened a new automotive door systems technical centre in Shanghai, China.

The 50,000 square-foot facility includes a new sound chamber, extensive testing capabilities, an expanded engineering centre, and an advanced development lab.

Shanghai Inteva Automotive Door Systems Co., Ltd. (Inteva SDADS) is a joint venture partnership between Inteva Products and Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electronic Company, Ltd. Inteva SDADS has manufacturing operations and engineering capabilities in Shanghai producing latches, actuators, control modules and door modules for customers such as Volkswagen, SAIC and General Motors. Inteva SDADS has approximately 400 employees.

"The opening of the new Inteva SDADS technical centre in Shanghai continues our commitment to being a world leader trusted to provide reliable, high quality latches and door modules for automakers worldwide," said Lon Offenbacher, president and CEO, Inteva Products. 

"As leaders in the design, engineering and manufacturing of Closure Systems, the talented team we have assembled at our new Shanghai technical centre further strengthens our growth prospects in the Asia Pacific region."

Closure Systems is one of Inteva's four global product lines. In addition to the Shanghai Technical Enterosure Systems has technical centres in: Cordeiropolis, Brazil; Zhenjiang, China; Birmingham, England; Saint Die and Sully-Sur-Loire, France; Gifhorn and Wuppertal, Germany; Bangalore, India; Yokohama, Japan, and Troy, Michigan.

"Our grand opening celebration is a tribute to the dedication of every Inteva SDADS team member to grow the business, serve our customers and build a reputation in China for excellence," said Richard Zheng, Managing Director, Inteva SDADS and General Manager, Inteva Products – China.

Inteva's Closure Systems product line encompasses Latch Systems and Door Systems. Inteva's Latch Systems portfolio includes door latches, compartment latches, associated strikers, and electronic actuators that offer competitive functionality, robustness and performance with minimized weight, package size and cost. In Door Systems, Inteva designs, engineers and manufactures products that range from window regulators to the latest fully integrated composite door modules.

Inteva has five manufacturing operations and three technical centers in China employing approximately 1,500 people. Roof Systems are produced at two facilities in Shanghai including Inteva's joint venture SAMAP. Final assembly and testing of Roof Systems is done in Changchun. In Zhenjiang, Inteva produces latches and actuators, window regulators and electric motors. Inteva SDADS, an Inteva joint venture in Shanghai, manufactures door latches and door modules. Door modules are produced in Changchun. Inteva has engineering and technical centres in Shanghai and Zhenjiang.