Area Auto Suppliers IAC and TI Automotive Add New Plants in Brazil, China


Southfield-based International Automotive Components, a Tier 1 automotive interior components supplier, has opened its first South American plant in Itatiaia, Brazil, and Auburn Hills-based TI Automotive, a supplier of automotive fluid systems, has opened a new facility in Baoding, China.

IAC’s new 48,437-square-foot Brazil facility, which will assemble cockpits for Jaguar Land Rover, is expected to employ 40 to 50 people when production reaches full capacity.

“Our presence in Brazil allows us to be a reliable strategic partner to Jaguar Land Rover’s global expansion and successfully support the lean operations of this important customer,” says Brian Pour, COO at International Automotive Components.

IAC’s 2015 sales were $5.9 billion. The company operates 85 manufacturing facilities in 20 countries, and has 32,000 employees.

TI Automotive’s new 74,000-square-foot fuel tank systems production facility in China is the company’s 17th facility in the country.

The new facility produces low-emission plastic fuel tank systems for Great Wall Motors’ Haval brand of sport-utility and crossover-utility vehicles.

“The Haval line of vehicles is one of the fastest growing brands in China, and Great Wall Motors is the largest manufacturer of SUVs and trucks in China,” says Hans Dieltjens, executive vice president of Fuel Tank and Delivery Systems at TI Automotive. “Our goal is to support this growth through our product expertise in fuel tank and delivery systems technology.”

TI Automotive, which has 25,000 employees at more than 125 locations in 28 countries, expects to employ 120 people at full capacity at its new facility.