Magneti Marelli opens new automotive lighting plant in China

Thursday, Jun 22, 2017

Changchun Magneti Marelli Automotive Lighting System Co, a joint venture between Italian auto component maker and China’s Changchun Fudi Equipment Technology Development on Tuesday opened its new plant at Changchun, in the North-East of Chin to produce automotive lightings, the company informed in a press statement.

The plant is located in the Emerging Industrial Park, Economic and Technological Development Zone in Changchun, capital of the province of Jilin, in the North-East of China, and covers an area of 30.000 square metres, 17.000of which are dedicated to the production of LED headlights and rear lights.

The opening of a new plant in China dedicated to the production of lighting technology is a result of the growing demand for LED systems from clients such as FAW-Volkswagen and BMW, among other OEMs.

The annual production capacity forecast for 2019 is about1 million headlights and 500.000 rear lights. The initial workforce is 100 peopleand at full capacity the number of employees will reach 800.

On the inaugration of the new Changchun plant Pietro Gorlier, CEO of Magneti Marelli said, "The new plant represents the ideal completion of the wide-ranging footprint of the lighting business in China, also covering the North-East of the country, a strategic region for the automotive industry, where important clients focusing on high technological value are located. In this sense, Fudi represents the ideal partner for Magneti Marelli for the establishing of the lighting business in this region and for the offering of support to clients in the best possible manner”.

Magneti Marelli Automotive Lighting has been active on the Chinese market since 2005, the year in which the first production site was inaugurated in Wuhu.

In order to respond to the growth of the Chinese automotive market, two other plants were then built: a second site in Foshan (Southern China) in February 2012, and one in Xiaogan (Hubei Province) in 2013, following a JV with China South Industries. Furthermore, the Automotive Lighting central headquarters and R&D Centre in China is located in Shanghai.

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