NOVI, Mich. (July 28)—Cooper-Standard Automotive will make automotive sealing systems in China via a joint venture it has set up with Saiyang Sealing Products Co.
The new unit, Cooper Saiyang Wuhu Automotive, will operate from a plant in the Wuhu Economic Development Zone, southeast of Nanjing. Cooper-Standard, part of Cooper Tire & Rubber Co., said the plant has rubber mixing capabilities and four extrusion lines to produce rubber, rubber/plastic or plastic sealing extrusions.
Cooper-Standard Automotive will aid the venture with its expertise in sealing system design and manufacture as well as giving sales and marketing assistance. Saiyang Sealing Products—the fifth largest sealing supplier in China—will use its inside knowledge of China's domestic market and strong relationships with automotive original equipment manufacturers to help the new company.