Just recently, TI Automotive has officially inaugurated a new fuel tank systems production center in Baoding China. The 74,000 square-foot (6,900 square-meter) center, aimed at producing low-emission plastic fuel tank systems for the Great Wall Motors’ Haval brand of SUV and CUV, is the company’s third fuel tank production center within the country.
The new center is located just north of Baoding in the Hebei province and is adjacent to the Great Wall Motors production center. This is TI Automotive’s 17th production center within China, as the company continues to invest in this key region.
According to TI Automotive fuel tank & delivery systems executive vice president Hans Dieltjens, the Haval line of vehicles is one of the most rapidly growing brands in China and Great Wall Motors is the biggest manufacturer of SUVs and trucks in China.
He said that their target is to reinforce this growth through their product expertise in fuel and tank delivery systems technology and through this new facility.
TI Automotive is a global leader in the production of plastic fuel tank systems, with state-of-the-art technology and designs, along with award-winning products and processes, including the Tank Advanced Process Technology (TAPT), which bagged a 2014 Automotive News PACE Award.
The TAPT process permits enhanced production, optimized packaging, and variable delivery system placement within the tank and shell. In 2009, TI Automotive’s Ship-in-a-Bottle production system, which is utilized in making partial-zero emissions vehicle (PZEV) plastic fuel tanks, bagged the award and remains a state-of-the-art technology today.
Bill Kozyra, TI Automotive chairman, CEO and president, said that they are proud to support Great Wall in Baoding and to be part of the growth of the automotive industry throughout the region.
TI Automotive anticipates employing 120 people at full capacity at the Baoding facility.
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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