SOUTHFIELD — Worldwide automotive interiors supplier International Automotive Components, with a regional headquarters in Southfield, continued its aggressive global expansion with the inauguration of its newest facility located in Hangzhou, China. This marked the company’s 11th facility opening in seven countries in the past two years, increasing its total number of worldwide locations to 102.
The new Hangzhou location will employ more than 220 people and initially will manufacture door panel and center console assemblies for Changan Ford, along with door trim components for Shanghai General Motors and instrument panel and center console components for Chery Jaguar Land Rover. Reinforcing the company’s vertical integration strategy, the new IAC operation will also provide a range of premium cut, sewn and wrapped interior components, utilizing highly crafted materials, such as leather, simulated leather and cloth solutions featuring an array of custom stitch patterns.
“Our new Hangzhou operation reflects our on-going commitment to support our global customers with premium interior manufacturing capabilities in line with their global platform strategies,” says Brian Pour, senior vice president of IAC’s North Asia region.
Hangzhou is IAC’s 14th new location in China since 2006, bringing the total number of Asian locations to 29, including the company’s new regional headquarters in Shanghai (June 2014). Prior to Hangzhou, the company most recently opened two manufacturing facilities in Changshu, China in October 2014.
The Southfield is the regional HQ for IAC North America. In addition to administrative roles, the Southfield offices are primarily for engineering, design, and commercial sales. There are about 900 employees in Southfield, and in offices in Plymouth and Troy.