SHANGHAI – Magna recently celebrated the opening of two production plants in China, continuing its footprint expansion in this world’s largest auto market.
One of the new production plants, a joint venture with GAC subsidiary GAC Component Co., Ltd. (GAC Component) located in Changsha, Hunan Province, began production of composite liftgates for a global automaker’s crossover vehicle in late 2018.
As the market for crossover and sport utility vehicles continues to grow globally, demand for lightweight, fully recyclable composite liftgates becomes strong. The liftgate modules achieve up to 25 percent mass savings over steel versions, leading to better fuel economy and lower emissions. Composite materials also allow for greater design flexibility with deeper draws and tighter radii.
The other new production plant, which is wholly-owned by Magna in Shanghai, started production in April on active aerodynamic grille shutters for an American brand producing multiple vehicle platforms for the China market.
Active aerodynamic components further address fuel efficiency and emissions needs by reducing vehicle drag. Magna’s active aerodynamic expertise has grown significantly in recent years with more than 10 million active grille shutter systems on the road.
Additional product innovations include active underbodies, active wheel deflectors and active rear diffusers, which can be applied across all vehicles from small cars to commercial trucks.
“These facilities represent growing product segments for us: lightweight, composite liftgates and active aerodynamics,” said Magna Exteriors President Grahame Burrow. “Lightweight composites and active aerodynamics help our customers achieve lower CO2 emissions and improved fuel economy.”
Magna is a mobility technology company that is helping pave the way to the future with innovative products and processes. Its product lines include body exteriors and structures, power and vision technologies, seating systems and complete vehicle solutions.
In China, Magna has 33 manufacturing facilities and 13 engineering centers with more than 22,000 employees. Recently, Magna was named an Employer of Choice by 51Job.com and Zhaopin.com, two Chinese internet portals for employment opportunities.