German automotive supplier Mann+Hummel GmbH has opened its fourth plant in China, expanding into the southern region of the country to take advantage of business opportunities.
The facility in Liuzhou opened May 31 and has injection molding for air-intake manifolds, engine cam covers and air cleaners. It is supplying SGM-Wuling Automobile, a joint venture of China's SAIC and Detroit-based General Motors Co. Liuzhou-based SGM mostly produces trucks and minivans under Wuling and Baojun name plates, but plans to expand into passenger vehicles, Mann+Hummel said in a June 1 news release.
Mann+Hummel, of Ludwigsburg, Germany, has three other plants in northern China — in Shanghai, Jinan and Changchun — and it previously supplied SGM-Wuling from Shanghai.
The Liuzhou operation will give the company a better geographic foothold to pursue more auto business, especially as it expands out of traditional manufacturing locations in China.
M+H has set a goal of increasing its Asia sales. It now generates 17 percent of its 2.5 billion euros ($3.1 billion) in total annual sales in Asia, but wants to increase that to 25 percent, the company said.