CHANGSHU, China, Oct. 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Continuing a consistent progression of expansion throughout the global automotive industry, leading automotive interiors supplier International Automotive Components (IAC) today celebrated the inauguration of two separate manufacturing facilities in Changshu, China: IAC Automotive Components (Changshu) Co., Ltd and Shanghai IAC-Songjiang Automotive Carpet and Acoustics Changshu. These manufacturing plants increase IAC’s presence in Asia to 26 locations throughout the region.
The two new facilities establish 22,300 square meters of manufacturing for IAC, and they are expected to employ more than 540 skilled associates. The sites will manufacture much of IAC’s product portfolio including instrument panels, cockpits, center consoles, floor carpet, and interior/exterior acoustic components. The two plants will supply to global and domestic Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in China, as well export to IAC customers around the world.
"The IAC team is action-oriented, focusing its energy on providing exceptional design, engineering, manufacturing and a culture of relentless continuous improvement," said James Kamsickas, president and CEO of IAC. "We are very excited to enter the Changshu region as another important step in IAC’s consistent development of its global footprint." IAC has expanded from 11 locations in 2006 to more than 100 locations around the world today.
IAC, the largest singularly focused supplier of automotive interiors in the world, is built on the core principles of exceptional design, engineering, and manufacturing driven by a culture of relentless continuous improvement. Through these principles, IAC has executed a steady growth of organic and inorganic new business development. In addition to the Changshu facilities, IAC over the past 15 months has opened two new facilities in India, established new regional headquarters in Asia (Shanghai, China) and Europe (Dusseldorf, Germany), entered into the South African market through acquisition, and added significant capacity throughout North America.
"IAC’s rapid growth in Asia has required tremendous focus, execution and a total team effort," said Brian Pour, vice president of IAC’s North Asia region. "Every successful team starts with great women and men, and that is true of the IAC China team who brought these two world-class manufacturing facilities on line."
International Automotive Components (IAC) is a leading global supplier of automotive components and systems, including interior and exterior trim. The company’s 2013 sales were $5.2 billion. Headquartered in Luxembourg, IAC Group operates 81 manufacturing facilities in 19 countries. The company has more than 100 total locations in 21 countries, including 22 design, technical and commercial centers, and employs more than 28,000 people globally. For more information, visit www.iacgroup.com.
ABOUT IAC SONGJIANG AUTOMOTIVE CARPET & ACOUSTICS CO., LTD.
IAC Songjiang is a joint venture between IAC and Shanghai Car Carpet Plant. The JV operates five manufacturing facilities in China, and has more than 600 employees. IAC Songjiang is headquartered in Songjiang, Shanghai.