BEIJING, June 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. (NYSE: TRW), the global leader in automotive safety systems, has launched production of airbag electronic control units (ECUs) from its wholly-owned subsidiary in Anting, China.
TRW Automotive Components (Shanghai) Co. Ltd. was established in 2002 in Anting and initially produced power rack and pinion and electrically powered hydraulic steering systems beginning in 2003. The plant is now manufacturing and shipping safety electronics ECUs to a major Japanese vehicle manufacturer for its global platforms.
Total investment in the 3,600 square meter (12,000 square feet) facility to date is $11 million, with a current employment of 120 that will more than double with further production increases in 2005.
"The production of safety electronics in China is another significant step in our efforts to support the global expansion of our customers in the region," said Peter J. Lake, executive vice president, Sales and Business Development for TRW Automotive. "TRW continues to expand the breadth and depth of its product lines in China and, we believe, is well positioned to supply customers with a full range of active and passive safety products."
The Anting facility establishes TRW safety electronics manufacturing capability in Asia, Europe and North America to support global platforms across all regions. It also complements TRW's growing airbag production capabilities in China from its Shanghai TRW Automotive Safety Systems, Co. joint venture and the newly expanded TRW FAWER Automobile Safety Systems, Co. in Changchun.
TRW Automotive has nine facilities in China including seven joint venture facilities, manufacturing chassis modules, steering systems, braking systems, seat belts, airbags and steering wheels, engine valves and switches as well as an aftermarket business.
With 2003 sales of $11.3 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's top 10 automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, employs approximately 61,000 people in 23 countries. TRW products include integrated vehicle control and driver assist systems, braking systems, steering systems, suspension systems, occupant safety systems (seat belts and airbags), electronics, engine components, fastening systems and aftermarket replacement parts and services. All references to "TRW Automotive," "TRW" or the "Company" in this press release refer to TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. and its subsidiaries, unless otherwise indicated. TRW Automotive news is available on the Internet at http://www.trwauto.com .
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