Freudenberg Filtration Technologies decided to establish a new filter production site in cooperation with the Japan Vilene Group Ltd. in Chengdu (Sichuan Province, China) starting from January 2012.
The new company Freudenberg Vilene Filter (Chengdu) Co., Ltd will be the third filter manufacturing site for Freudenberg Filtration Technologies in China besides the plants in Suzhou and Changchun. The new site in the Central Western part of China will operate particularly in the automotive filter segment, which has been experiencing remarkable growth. The production of both engine air intake filters and cabin air filters is expected to begin in August 2012.
Major automobile manufacturers such as First Automotive Works Volkswagen and Geely Volvo have settled their manufacturing plants in the Chengdu area. Automobile production in this region is expected to increase significantly in the following years, from 1.8 million units in 2011 to 3 million units in 2015.
As other industries are also expanding their production plants to the Central Western part of China, the new site in Chengdu offers additional business opportunities for the new filter company. .