Japanese automotive parts manufacturers continue to transfer production to the mainland. Calsonic Kansei Corporation has received permission to build a factory in a bonded area in Wuxi for the manufacture of motor actuators for automotive air conditioners. The plant, which is expected to start operations in October 2003, will have an initial output of 3.5m units a year. Subsequently, Calsonic will transfer its entire Japanese production of 6.7m units to the Wuxi base.
Stanley Electric plans to build an auto lighting equipment plant in Guangzhou. Starting operations next May, the plant will supply lighting mainly for Honda Motor, which is expanding production in China.
Daido Metal said it would shortly begin the manufacture of automobile bearings at a wholly-owned subsidiary in Suzhou, Jiangsu province. Another Japanese manufacturer, Taiho Kogyo, said it was looking at possible sites in China for an auto bearings facility. Both firms plan to initially target Japanese companies operating in China.