Tenneco Automotive Expands Operations In China
Company's Joint Venture Opens JIT Manufacturing Facility in Changchun
LAKE FOREST, ILLINOIS, MARCH 11, 2003 - Tenneco Automotive (NYSE: TEN) announced today that the company's exhaust manufacturing joint venture in Dalian, China has expanded its operations with a new JIT (just-in-time) manufacturing plant in Changchun, China. The new facility is already operational and manufactures exhaust components for the Volkswagen Bora. Later this year, the facility will also supply the Volkswagen Jetta and Golf platforms.
The facility employs the company's lean manufacturing practices to operate efficiently and provide the customer with an immediate supply of exhaust systems. Initially, with the addition of the Jetta and Golf platforms, the facility will supply approximately 140,000 exhaust systems annually for 12 different engine models.
In addition to its joint venture operations at Dalian and the new facility at Changchun, Tenneco Automotive has majority ownership in joint venture manufacturing operations in Beijing and Shanghai. The Dalian and Shanghai operations manufacture exhaust components and systems and the Beijing joint venture produces shock absorbers and struts. The company's operations in China supply ride and emission control products and systems to leading original equipment manufacturers in China including Volkswagen, PSA, General Motors, Nissan and Ford. The company also produces ride and emission control products for the replacement market in China.
"We have a strong foothold in China with our successful joint venture operations and are well-positioned to capture growth opportunities in this rapidly expanding market," said Timothy Donovan, executive vice president and managing director , Tenneco Automotive International Group. "Through our joint ventures, we offer our customers regional knowledge and local management backed by Tenneco Automotive's global resources and engineering capabilities."
Tenneco Automotive began production in China with its first joint venture in 1995. The company's China operations reported $80 million in revenue in 2002, an 87 percent increase compared with the previous year. Higher volumes and new business drove the growth.
Tenneco Automotive is a $3.5 billion manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 19,600 employees worldwide. Tenneco Automotive is one of the world's largest producers and marketers of ride control and exhaust systems and products, which are sold under the Monroe® and Walker® global brand names. Among its products are Sensa-Trac® and Monroe Reflex® shocks and struts, Rancho® shock absorbers, Walker® Quiet-Flow® mufflers and DynoMax® performance exhaust products, and Monroe Clevite® vibration control components.
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