Chinese auto suppliers growing in US

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Two China-based automotive suppliers are expanding in the U.S., according to information released by the Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Lighting components supplier H.A. Automotive Systems Inc., the North American subsidiary of Shanghai Changhui Industry Development Company Ltd., plans to establish a headquarters, manufacturing and research and development facility in Troy, Mich., to handle new business supplying North American carmakers.

The company will invest $28.8 million and create 268 new jobs, according to a news release. The company will receive a property tax abatement from the city of Troy, as well as a $2.25 million performance-based grant from Michigan Business Development Program.

Also in the state, Yanfeng USA Automotive Trim Systems Inc. is planning to expand its Harrison Township manufacturing facility, creating 519 new jobs and investing up to $56.2 million.

Yanfeng purchased the Harrison Township facility in 2011, according to its website, and has since then has been awarded new contracts for center consoles, door panels and instrument panels, prompting this latest expansion. YanFeng, which is a subsidiary of Shanghai’s Yanfeng Visteon Automotive Trim System Co. Ltd., also has U.S. facilities in Warren, Mich., and Riverside, Mo.

Yanfeng recently signed an agreement to form a global interior auto supplier with Johnson Controls Inc., with Yanfeng set to control 70 percent of the company. The JV is expected to launch in 2015.