Roof systems tier 1 opens plants in China, Romania

Inteva Products (Troy, MI) is expanding its global presence with the opening of two new manufacturing plants in Oradea, Romania and Wuhan, China; as well as the relocation of its Wuppertal Technical Center to a new larger facility in Solingen, Germany.

Inteva Products CEO and President Lon Offenbacher: "New site in Oradea will nearly double manufacturing presence in Romania."

The new facility in Oradea, Romania is Inteva's second manufacturing facility in Romania. The site will manufacture roof system components and primarily support the company's European customer base. The company plans hire more than 100 employees with training having commenced in April. Production will begin this summer.

The new plant in Wuhan, China has the potential to expand as growth continues in the region. The facility will manufacture roof systems, with production beginning last week for GAC Fiat. The Wuhan site in central China will be Inteva's seventh manufacturing facility in the country. Current manufacturing facilities in China include Changchun, Chengdu, Waigaoqiao and Zhenjiang. Inteva also has two joint ventures, SDADS and SAMAP, in Shanghai. With 22 million vehicles manufactured in 2014 alone, China is the leading global automotive market, accounting for approximately one-quarter of global automobile production worldwide

The relocation of Inteva's technical center in Wuppertal, Germany to a new location in Solingen, Germany benefits the local team with a larger office and laboratory in closer proximity to several customers. The Solingen Technical Center will continue to develop, engineer, design and test products for European OEMs. Solingen's product focus areas include cockpits, interiors, latches, door modules, interior trim, motors and plastic components. The team in Solingen serves Daimler, Volkswagen, BMW and other European customers.

"Inteva provides world-class manufacturing, engineering and technology resources in close proximity to the world's leading global and regional OEMs," said Lon Offenbacher, Inteva Products CEO and President. "Our new site in Oradea will nearly double our manufacturing presence in Romania. The Wuhan, China facility will broaden our footprint in central China and align us with many OEMs that have been expanding there.  And our new state-of-the-art technical center in Solingen will help us better support key customers in Europe, enhancing our technical presence globally."

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