CHINA: GKN Driveline announces further China expansion

By Dave Leggett | 17 September 2013

GKN Driveline has said that it continues its expansion in China with a ground breaking for the expansion of its plant in Chongqing.

GKN Chongqing Driveshaft (GDC) is investing $43.9 million to expand the facility which will cover an area of nearly 12,000 square metres when construction completes in 2014. The expansion of the plant will allow localisation of CVJ System production for the many OEMs in the Chongqing area. Production is expected to start in July 2014 and upon completion the plant will have capacity of over one million vehicle sets per year.

Andy Reynolds Smith, CEO GKN Automotive, said: "Chongqing is the automotive manufacturing centre for South-West China, with fast growing customer demand and market forecasts of two million cars by 2015."

"Our rapidly increasing China footprint allows us to better serve our customers such as ChangAn-Ford, creating more efficiency in supply chains with localised supply and continued high levels of service. This builds on the existing highly successful operational base of eight plants."

GDC, established in August 2006, is a joint venture shared by GKN, Shanghai GKN Driveshaft Co., Ltd. (SDS) and China ChangAn Automobile Group. Its main products are CVJ shafts and customers include ChangAn- Ford, ChangAn- Mazda, ChangAn-Suzuki, ChangAn, JAC, Great Wall, BAIC Motor and SGMW.