(Munich/Shanghai, December 2nd, 2013). It is a trend: Chinese automotive component suppliers are increasingly relying on German engineering expertise in order to attract global automobile manufacturers with high parts quality. The Munich-based manufacturer of plastics and rubber processing machines therefore recently doubled the production area at its plant in the Chinese city of Haiyan. The preparations are in full swing so that the complete production and assembly of large machines "Made in China" can start in spring 2014.
"We are noticing this trend and adapting our customized machines to the needs of customers," said Frank Peters, Vice President Sales at KraussMaffei. One of the first injection molding machines to be supplied completely from Haiyan will be an MX 1300-8100 for Yanfeng. This machine will be equipped with the new MuCell® system, a process for physical foaming of plastic parts. This process makes plastic parts up to 35 percent lighter than comparable parts.
The well-established Chinese manufacturer of automotive components inspected the machine portfolio of KraussMaffei at "K2013", the world's largest plastics trade fair, and ordered a first injection molding machine produced in China. General Manager Shelley Wang from Yanfeng and Peters also agreed further global cooperation between their companies in the area of processing of thermoplastics and duroplastics. Discussions concerning other machines are currently being held. The Group has been using injection molding machines from KraussMaffei for many years.
"We are delighted to provide our know-how to support Yanfeng as a strong supplier on the global automotive market," said Peters. "And we see great potential for further cooperation".
Yanfeng USA Automotive Trim Systems, Inc. (Yanfeng USA) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Yanfeng Visteon Automotive Trim System Co., Ltd. (Yanfeng Visteon), headquartered in Shanghai, China. Yanfeng Visteon operates plants in China, the USA and India. It is one of the leading suppliers of interior and exterior parts, seat and safety systems, and electronics in automobiles. According to the company, 30 automobile marques are supplied by around 100 production plants and sales centers.
The company's claim is to be the "world's best automotive component supplier". In addition to the expansion of the Chinese plants, other production sites in North America and Europe are planned for 2014.