Second Edscha plant in China

Remscheid, Germany. Edscha is hoping to increase its market share in its specialist areas in China from 30 percent to 50 percent. Within the next few days the supplier will start a 50-50 joint venture called Anhui Edscha Automotive Parts Co. (AEA) in Hefei, 450 kilometers from Shanghai. Jiang Nan, who up until now was one of the main competitors, is Edscha's partner.

AEA plans to supply five million hinges and door catches per annum mainly to Volkswagen and General Motors. They hope that production and turnover will grow by a minimum of 20 percent each year. Edscha aims to produce pedals and parking brake levers at the Hefei plant in the medium term. Detlef Guetzkow, 44, who used to work in Edscha's technical planning department, will become AEA managing director.

Shanghai Edscha Machinery Co. (SEM), Edscha's first joint venture in China, which produces approximately six million hinges and door catches per annum, has already reached its full capacity.

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