SUZHOU -- Nexteer Automotive, a global supplier of steering systems, launched construction last week of its Asian technical center in the east China city of Suzhou.
The 30,000-square-meter (322,917-square-foot) center will be in Suzhou's industrial park, according to Nexteer.
The company said 1,000 employees will work at the center, which will include test operations, a validation lab, office space and a test track.
Construction is to be completed late in 2019.
Nexteer has 24 factories worldwide, including four in China and two in India. Global customers include BMW, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Toyota and Volkswagen.
The company, headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., was originally an in-house supplier of steering systems for General Motors. In 2011, Nexteer was acquired by the state-owned Aviation Industry Corp. of China.
It is listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange.