CHANGSHU, CHINA – January 23, 2024 – Nexteer Automotive held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new manufacturing campus located in the Changshu Economic and Technology Development Zone. Nexteer designs and manufactures a wide range of steering and driveline systems, including electric power steering systems, steering columns, driveline systems, and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). It helps to improve vehicle safety, performance, and fuel efficiency. Additionally, the company is involved in developing steering and motion control systems for autonomous and electric vehicles. Nexteer Automotive has a presence in the global automotive market, with customers in over 50 countries.
Nexteer’s strategic expansion in Changshu will increase the company’s production and testing capacity in China. This move will further strengthen Nexteer’s solid growth in the region. Robin Milavec, President, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, and Executive Board Director of Nexteer Automotive, joined by Qindi Zhou, Party Secretary of Changshu CPC Committee, participated in the event.
“Nexteer commits to providing exceptional service for our automotive OEM customers. Our new Changshu Campus will expand our manufacturing capacity in China, as well as expand testing and verification capabilities. Our expanded capacity and capabilities in Changshu position Nexteer well to meet our customers’ growing needs. Additionally, it’s growing business in China further enhances our ability to cater to the market demands,” said Jun Li, Global Vice President & APAC Division President. “Over time, we plan to gradually build Nexteer Changshu into a multifunctional campus. This campus will further increase testing, production, and integrate other functions such as supply chain management, talent management, and more.
Nexteer’s Changshu Campus covers a total area of over 90,000 square meters. It includes functional areas such as production and manufacturing workshops, testing labs, test tracks, and employee collaboration areas. The facility is expected to open in early 2025. Nexteer’s Changshu Campus will supplement steering system production from the company’s nearby Suzhou Campus. It will collaborate with Nexteer’s APAC Technical Center within the Suzhou Campus. This collaboration aims to support innovation and customer service in China and throughout the APAC region. Additionally, it aims to serve global markets.
“Nexteer’s expanded footprint in Changshu is a critical piece in our overall strategy for profitable growth that ‘thinks global and acts local’. Consequently, we are well positioned to further capitalize on our growth with global and domestic automotive OEMs in China and throughout the APAC region and emerging markets,” said Robin Milavec, President, Chief Technology Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, and Executive Board Director of Nexteer Automotive. “Expansion of Nexteer’s production capacity and testing capabilities in China is critical to our continued success. The China market is fiercely competitive and accelerates and influences technology adoption well beyond China’s borders. With this in mind, Nexteer continues to relentlessly innovate. The company offers a comprehensive product portfolio to solve our customers’ unique motion control challenges. Moreover, enabling advanced safety and performance for future mobility achieves this.”
Nexteer, as a leading motion control technology company, currently operates seven production bases, five customer service centers, and one technical center in China. The company provides a range of products, including electric power steering systems, steer-by-wire systems, steering columns and intermediate shafts, driveline systems, and software solutions. These offerings contribute to Nexteer’s significant presence and impact in the Chinese market. The company solves motion control challenges across all megatrends – including electrification, software/connectivity, ADAS/automated driving and shared mobility.
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