SOUTHFIELD, Mich. (Jan. 28, 2005) — Continuing to grow its presence in China, automotive parts manufacturer Federal-Mogul Corp. has opened a new facility in Qingdao, China, to produce universal joints and chassis products for the aftermarket industry.
The factory opened its doors last October and is expected to add capacity throughout this year, according to Southfield-based Federal-Mogul.
The 100,000-sq.-ft. plant currently employs 60 and expects to add 40 jobs in the first quarter of 2005 as production volumes increase. Products manufactured at the facility include driveline and suspension products for Federal-Mogul's global customer base as well as for consumption in the domestic market in China.
“We opened this facility to meet customer demand for our universal joints and chassis products,” said Greg Grigsby, vice president, chassis/brake, fuel and lighting operations, Federal-Mogul's Worldwide Aftermarket operations. “We look forward to continuing to provide value-added solutions through high-quality parts and services to our OE and aftermarket customers not only in North America but also in emerging markets.”
The Qingdao facility, located in the Shandong Province and bordering the Yellow Sea, is Federal-Mogul's eighth plant in China. The company said the factory is positioned near critical suppliers as well as a piston facility.
Other Federal-Mogul products made in the region include disc brake pads, lined brake shoes, spark plugs, wiper blades, ignition leads, gaskets, bearings, bushings and piston rings.