WUHAN, China—Faurecia opened a 646,000 square foot Automotive Seating Industrial Park in Wuhan in November.
The firm's two existing seating plants in the city have been moved into the park and will supply seat frames and complete seats to Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen Automobile and Nissan.
The effected plants are Faurecia GSK Automotive Seating, a 51 percent joint venture with GSK, and Faurecia Automotive Components System, a wholly-owned affiliate company. Both plants have a capacity close to 50,000 set per year.
Faurecia predicts that 12 percent of its sales will be to Chinese brands in 2016. Faurecia China plans to double its sales of $2 billion by 2016 or make 15 percent of the group's total sales within the country.
Production processes and technologies include cutting, foaming and covering will be introduced to the park. An automotive seating design and development center also is planned.
"Faurecia Wuhan Automotive Seating Industrial Park allows us to further integrate local competitiveness in technology and better serve local clients," said Patrick Koller, executive vice president of Faurecia Automotive Seating.
Faurecia has 29 plants, four research centers and employs 10,000 in China.