To expand its seating expertise in China and throughout Asia, Magna has entered into a joint venture cooperation agreement with China’s Hubei Aviation Precision Machinery in a deal expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2017.

HAPM is a major Chinese automotive seat mechanism and structure component supplier and a subsidiary company of AVIC Electromechanical Systems. Headquartered in Hubei Xiangyang, HAPM designs, develops and manufactures a wide range of automotive seating products from manual/power recliners, tracks, height adjusters and structures. Established in 1995, the company has built up a solid customer base in both domestic and overseas markets, Magna said.

“The strategic cooperation brings together two innovative suppliers in the seating market to deliver a stronger product portfolio and advanced technology development to customers,” the two companies said in a statement.

“We are very pleased to establish such a cooperative relationship with Magna. As a world leading automotive supplier, Magna’s global resources and expertise will be vital to the joint venture’s success,” said Wang Jian, chairman of AVICEM.

“As the world’s largest vehicle market, China is a region in which we want to expand our seating capabilities, and with HAPM’s strong market position and seating mechanism know-how, we expect to grow our business even further in the region and throughout Asia,” said Mike Bisson, president of Magna Seating.