CHINA: Wuhan Jielong Automotive starts EPS site construction

By just-auto.com editorial team | 17 November 2010

Steering components and supplier China Automotive Systems says its Wuhan Jielong Automotive Electric Power Steering (EPS) subsidiary has started construction of new electric power steering units facility.

The new production plant - with an investment of US$10m - is located in the Wuhan Optical Valley High-Tech Development Zone. Key elements to be manufactured include core EPS parts, P-EPS assembly, and the brushless motor EPS assembly.

The company's Jinzhou plant currently has an annual EPS production capacity of 200,000 units. By 2012, the Jinzhou plant and the new Wuhan facility will have a combined annual EPS production capacity of 500,000 units.

Estimated annual EPS production by 2013 capacity will be 1m units when the Wuhan plant runs at full utilisation.

A new R&D centre with around 150 staff will be added to focus on the further development of EPS technology in 2012.

"Our goal is to become the dominant domestic manufacturer and leading brand for EPS in the fast-growing Chinese vehicle market," said China Automotive Systems CEO Qizhou Wu.

China Automotive Systems operates through nine Sino-foreign joint ventures.

Its customer base includes Chinese auto manufacturers such as: China FAW Group; Dongfeng Auto Group; BYD; Beiqi Foton Motor and Chery Automobile.