Steering systems specialist Nexteer Automotive has opened a new plant facility in Liudong New District, Liuzhou, China.

Nexteer's new Liuzhou plant is expected to hire more than 500 people and replaces the Liuzhou facility that Nexteer previously rented. This new 12,000 square meter plant will provide customers with CEPS (Column-assist Electric Power Steering) systems, related technologies and services. The company says the establishment of the new plant will enhance Nexteer's manufacturing capacity in the Asia-Pacific region to meet the growing demand for EPS systems in the Chinese and the Asia-Pacific markets.

"Over the past three years, Nexteer has accelerated the expansion of its global footprint to provide customers with faster and more convenient service," said Mr. Guibin Zhao, Vice Chairman of the Board, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of Nexteer Automotive. "As an advanced production facility that will provide first-class engineering technology services, the new Liuzhou plant demonstrates our confidence in the global and Chinese automotive industries, as well as our strong collaboration with strategic customers in the region."

In addition to "smart manufacturing" measures such as Nexteer's Digital Trace Manufacturing, real-time data acquisition, analysis and billboards, facial recognition on production lines, early warning of equipment status alerts, the new Liuzhou plant is also equipped with a NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness) laboratory, test track, vehicle testing lab, product performance analysis center, advanced technology research office and other engineering modules to provide advanced EPS product testing, verification and customer service.

In the first half of 2019, Nexteer Liuzhou achieved the "Excellent Response Award" from SAIC-GM-Wuling and the "Mayor's Quality Nomination Award" of Liuzhou.