ThyssenKrupp System Engineering has opened a new plant in Chuansha, South-Eastern Shanghai.

Previously the company was located in the city’s Pudong District, but expansion of its business in China necessitated the move.

In addition to body-in-white technology, the Chuansha site will also produce assembly and test systems for Chinese-based OEMs.

Key accounts include Shanghai Volkswagen, FAW Volkswagen, Qoros and CAF.

Great Wall Motors, China’s leading manufacturer of SUVs and pick-ups, recently placed a contract with ThyssenKrupp System Engineering to build a complete assembly and test line for a new vehicle generation.

“This investment in the future is a central component of our global growth strategy and an important step towards expanding our presence in China,” said ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions business area chairman and CEO, Jean Michael Wegmann.

“The new site allows us to extend our local product portfolio in China and further strengthen our relationships with customers based in the country.

“Going forward we will be collaborating more strongly with Chinese suppliers.”

For his part, ThyssenKrupp System Engineering CEO, Bernd Becker added: “Our new plant in Chuansha has a 12,000m2 production area and 6,000m² of office space.

“The new site combines our production operations and organisational functions under one roof. It will allow more efficient project management.”

ThyssenKrupp System Engineering has operated a plant in Shanghai since 2006. The then ThyssenKrupp Car Body Technologies (Shanghai) started out in Pudong District with just five employees, but this has since grown to around 250.

There are plans to expand the workforce further as part of the company’s growth strategy.