TRELLEBORG, Sweden (March 11)—Trelleborg A.B. has begun production at a new automotive anti-vibration components plant in Wuxi, China, doubling its production capacity there from a smaller joint venture facility that's now closed.
The commissioning of the factory coincides with the recent opening of a Trelleborg Automotive technical center in Shanghai, China.
Trelleborg did not disclose its investment in the plant, which covers 215,200 square feet and employs 300, or the technical center. The factory replaces a smaller operation that Trelleborg acquired in its 1999 purchase of BTR Automotive.
The operation, Trelleborg Automotive Wuxi, generates about $20 million in sales annually, producing engine and drive-train mounts and other anti-vibration components for a number of automotive customers, including the Chinese assembly subsidiaries of Volkswagen A.G., General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Peugeot S.A.
Trelleborg owns 55 percent of the venture, with Guolian, a Chinese government company, retaining the minority 45-percent stake.