SHANGHAI—Cooper Standard Holdings Inc., parent company of Cooper Standard Automotive Inc., celebrated the grand opening of its new Asia Pacific Technical Center in Shanghai.
The firm said its Asia Pacific headquarters also will relocate from Kunshan, China to the new Shanghai facility. Kunshan is about 35 miles west of Shanghai.
The Shanghai facility is about 8,200 square feet and has 55 employees. Cooper Standard will provide local technical support with engineering and design capabilities to the entire Asia Pacific region's customer base, the firm said.
“The opening of this facility is the latest step in executing Cooper Standard's profitable growth strategy,” said Jeffrey Edwards, chairman and CEO of Cooper Standard.
Edwards said the Asia Pacific region represents the greatest growth in automotive production through 2020 and that the new facility expands the firm's technical presence through providing additional engineering capabilities and support in the region on a number of global platforms.
Cooper Standard has been busy on the expansion front. In June the firm opened a facility of 206,000 square feet in Sremska, Serbia, to manufacture sealing systems for the European region. Other recent expansions include sealing production in Aguascalientes, Mexico, and fluid transfer and fuel and break delivery systems in Fairview, Mich., to serve the North American region.
Cooper Standard is a global supplier of systems and components for the automotive industry. Headquartered in Novi, Mich., its products include fuel and brake delivery, fluid transfer, and anti-vibration systems. The firm employs more than 25,000 and operates in 19 countries.