Expansion of production network in China
Chengdu, 16 May 2012
Freudenberg is continuing to systematically expand its activities in China, adopting a targeted approach to investment in important markets: Global filter production network is expanding with the erection of a new production site in Chengdu. With a total space of 12,000 square meters, the new manufacturing site is situated at Xindu Industrial Park, Chengdu, in the Province of Sichuan. The production of both engine air intake filters and cabin air filters is expected to start beginning of 2013. The cornerstone for the new production site (picture) was laid on May 7, 2012 in the presence of Diao Yi, Vice Head of Xindu District, and Hans Mondorf, Consul-General of the Federal Republic of Germany in Chengdu.
In January 2012, Freudenberg Filtration Technologies and Japan Vilene Company Ltd. founded this new joint venture to produce micronAir and Viledon filters for the Chinese automotive and industrial markets. Freudenberg Vilene Filter Co., Ltd. is the third production plant in China for the filtration specialist alongside the facilities in Suzhou and Changchun.
Automobile production in this region is expected to increase significantly in the following years, from 1.8 million units in 2011 to 3 million units in 2015. As other industries are also expanding their production plants to the Central Western part of China, the new site in Chengdu offers additional business opportunities.
With an initial investment of CNY 33 million, a total investment of CNY 36 million, Freudenberg will serve the growing demand for automotive and industrial filters in Western China.