TURIN - Graziano Trasmissioni Group of Italy will start production in China in January.
Graziano will open a transmission component assembly line in Suzhou, south of Shanghai, in a new factory being built by its parent Saurer of Switzerland.
"Our customers want us to follow them as they globalize their operations," said Paolo Mantelli, Graziano's sales and marketing director in an interview.
Graziano specializes in high-performance manual transmissions for brands such as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini. Its main competitors are ZF and Getrag, both of Germany.
Graziano also is relying on Saurer to expand in central Europe.
Within 12 months the company plans to begin making gear components in a Saurer plant in Nachod, Czech Republic, 165km northwest of Prague.
Mantelli said the fact that Saurer is present in China and the Czech Republic was a great help.
"We can use Saurer's resources in these two countries to open operations faster and more cost effectively than if we did it on our own," he said.