Cooper-Standard begins operations at Asia Pacific tech center

Auto supplier Cooper-Standard Automotive Inc. began operations at its Asia Pacific Technical Center today in Shanghai.

The suburban Detroit company has been expanding its presence in the region since emerging from bankruptcy in 2010, acquiring Japanese-owned tech company USi Inc. in 2011 and Jyco Sealing Technologies’ manufacturing sites in China in 2013.

Cooper-Standard produces sealing and trim, fuel and brake delivery, fluid transfer and anti-vibration systems to manufacturers worldwide.

The supplier’s Asia Pacific headquarters also relocated from Kunshan, China, to the Shanghai campus.

“The Asia Pacific region shows the greatest growth in automotive production through 2020,” Cooper-Standard CEO Jeffrey Edwards said in a news release. “The new facility expands Cooper-Standard’s technical presence by providing additional engineering capabilities and support for customers in the region and on a number of global platforms.”

The 2,500-square-foot tech center and headquarters houses 55 employees and will use its design and engineering capabilities to provide technical support for all four of its product lines to regional customers.

Cooper-Standard’s expansion in China follows the opening of a 62,992-square-foot sealing systems manufacturing facility in Serbia in June.

The supplier ranks No. 67 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers, with estimated worldwide sales to automakers of $3.09 billion in its 2013 fiscal year.

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