TI Automotive Limited Business Report up until FY ended Dec. 2014

Acquired by Bain Capital

-In June 2015, the Company was acquired by Bain Capital, a leading global private investment firm.

New Plant

-In 2014, the Company dedicated its newest fuel tank systems production facility in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. The 67,000-square-foot (6,200-square-meter) facility is the Company's second fuel tank production facility within China and produces blow-molded plastic fuel tanks for Nissan, Toyota, Peugeot Citroen and Qoros. The Company employs 40 people at the Guangzhou facility. (From a press release on March 4, 2014)


-In 2010, the Company acquired full ownership of Japan-based Mitsuba Walbro Inc. (MWI) by purchasing the remaining shares. MWI was a 50/50 joint venture between TI Automotive and MITSUBA Corporation of Japan. MWI manufactures fuel pump motor armatures and fuel pump modules in Isezaki, Gunma Prefecture. As a result of the acquisition, MWI will be renamed TI Automotive Japan (Gunma). TI Automotive operates sales and engineering facilities in Yokohama and Nagoya, Japan. (From a press release on July 29, 2010)


-In 2014, the Company announced that it supplies fluid storage, carrying, and delivery systems to nearly two-thirds of the vehicles presented at the 2014 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS): the Audi Q3, the BMW i3, 2 series, M3, and M4, the Cadillac CTS, the Cadillac ATS Coupe, the Chevrolet Corvette Z06, the Chrysler 200, the GMC Canyon, the Hyundai Genesis, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The Chevrolet Silverado and Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, which were named North American Car and Truck of the Year, respectively, both feature TI Automotive technology. (From a press release on January 16, 2014)

-In 2011, the Company has earned a new program to produce fuel tank systems for two Renault "Twingo2 and Daimler "Smart" passenger car programs. The program calls for the Company to produce nearly 350,000 fuel tanks per year from its Ettlingen and Rastatt, Germany, facilities, beginning in November 2013. The contract also calls for the Company to produce the tank-top fluid and vapor lines. With the new program, the Company will produce nearly 800,000 total fuel tank systems annually for Renault. (From a press release on July 27, 2011)

-In 2010, the Company has been named the fuel systems supplier for up to three million Volkswagen Group vehicles, beginning in 2011. The fuel tank systems will be produced at TI facilities in Ettlingen and Rastatt, Germany, and Pamplona, Spain, and installed on five different Audi, Volkswagen, Seat and Skoda vehicles. The program also includes the development and production of six million fuel filler pipes. The pipes will be manufactured at a new TI facility in the Czech Republic and shipped to the different final assembly locations. The Company currently supplies fuel tank systems to the Volkswagen "Passat" in Asia, and the Audi "Q5" and Volkswagen "Caddy" in Europe. During the next year, the Company will begin production on two new programs: the Volkswagen sedan in North America and the Audi "Q3" in Spain. (From a press release on October 5, 2010)

-In 2010, the Company was named by Daimler AG as the global supplier of fuel tank systems for several Mercedes-Benz model lines. The Company will provide different variants of plastic fuel tanks, fuel filler pipes and fluid carrying lines, which will be manufactured at its plants close to Mercedes-Benz production sites in Europe (Germany) and on other continents. The variants will include Partial Zero Emissions Vehicle (PZEV) and Low-Emissions Vehicle III (LEV III) standards in the United States and Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) standards for gasoline, diesel, hybrid and flex-fuel applications. This order is the largest single-source contract in the company's history. (From a press release on July 27, 2010)


Year Award Given by Winner (Subsidiary/ Facility)
2014 PACE Award Automotive News -
2012 Core Supplier Award PSA Peugeot Citroen Chalons-en-Champagne plant in France
2009 Top Ten Quality Excellence Award Guangzhou Toyota China
2008 Safety Award Toyota Tianjin, China
2006 Excellent Supplier Award Suzuki -
2006 Quality and Delivery Performance Merit Certificate Honda Automoveis do Brasil TI Brazil Ind. e Com. Ltda.
2006 Silver Supplier of the Year Award Toyota Kirloskar Motor India
2006 Excellent Supplier of the Year Award Brilliance Auto Changchun, China
2006 No.1 of Top 10 Suppliers of the Year Award FAW VW Changchun, China
2006 Best Quality Supplier of the Year Hainan Mazda Wuhan/Hainan/Chongqing, China

Product Development

New Plastic Fuel Tank Advanced Process Technology (TAPT)
-TI Automotive Limited presented at the 'tank.tech' Conference in Munich, Germany their new plastic fuel tank advanced process technology (TAPT) and that the technology has begun production volume for the all-new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. TAPT is a flexible manufacturing process that makes it possible to produce multiple types of fuel tanks for all types of powertrains – diesel, gasoline, flex-fuel, Partial Zero Emissions Vehicles (PZEV) and hybrid – from a single design blow tooling set. (From a press release on November 5, 2013)

All-New Brushless Fuel Delivery Module
-TI Automotive Limited has launched an all-new brushless fuel delivery module on vehicles in Europe. The new module features a new brushless fuel pump that improves efficiency and reliability with integrated electronics in the flange. The module improves vehicle packaging by integrating the ECU into the flange and optimizing control of the pump motor performance based on the specific vehicle powertrain programming. The integrated ECU helps improve efficiency of the brushless fuel pump by matching electrical power to engine need and stopping fuel delivery during stop/start mode operation. The new module assembly will be introduced on five new Peugeot and Citroen vehicles in Europe. (From a press release on October 28, 2013)

Plastic Fuel Tanks for Hybrid Vehicles

-Developed plastic fuel tanks for exclusive use of hybrid vehicles. A new fuel tank manufacturing technology called "Tank Advanced Process Technology" (TAPT) enhances a function of preventing fuel slosh in the tank. The TAPT process is based on traditional blow-molding technology, but with some modifications. When the plastic parison enters the mold, slosh baffles and other structural rib sections are inserted. After that, it is molded into a plastic tank by air pressure. The Company has already been awarded two contracts of this new product, one by a European and the other by an Asian automaker. The commercial production will begin in 2012. (From an article in the Nikkan Jidosha Shimbun on March 9, 2011)

Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) Urea Pump Motor Assembly

-The Company developed a compact selective catalytic reduction (SCR) urea pump motor assembly for the treatment of exhaust gases in diesel cars and heavy trucks. The self-contained assembly is 50 percent lighter than traditional products and can provide flow in the range of 5 to 50 litres per hour with brushless motor electronic control. Initial design and development of the new urea pump module took place at the Company's research and development facilities in Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S. (system) and Caro, Michigan (pump, motor, coupling, module assembly), and Fuldabrueck, Germany (plastic lines, quick connectors). (From a press release on January 13, 2011)

Ship In the Bottle (SIB) system

-The Company has broken new technological ground with the launch of its 'Ship In the Bottle' (SIB) System. SIB system's design and blow molding process internalizes all components into the tank and which were traditionally attached to the exterior of the fuel tank and exposed to the atmosphere, such as valves, lines and filters. The SIB System requires only one, or a maximum of two, openings in the tank shell, whereas in the past there was often up to six or seven. This, together with its robust connector technology, dramatically reduces the level of emissions from the fuel tank system.

Doublewall Tubing
-The Company's Doublewall tubing is designed to carry fluids at high pressure, as well as to provide greater assurance against leakage in low pressure applications. It is used extensively for hydraulic applications. The latest manufacturing techniques have allowed continuous brazing of double wall tube for precise control of the temperature and brazing conditions and can be coupled to other continuous processes, such as coating.

Investment Outside UK

-In 2012, the Company announced that it opened its fifth facility in India. The new 73,000-square-foot (6,800-square-meter) facility produces fuel tank systems for Nissan vehicles built in India. The new location is TI Automotive's first fuel tank production facility in India. TI Automotive's other manufacturing locations in India are in Bangalore, Baroda, Chennai and Manesar and produce fluid carrying systems, including brake and fuel lines. (From a press release on November 14, 2012)

-In 2011, the Company has opened two new facilities, in Bangalore and Chennai, India. Both locations will produce technology for the domestic Indian market. The Bangalore facility was established to produce fluid-carrying lines for passenger cars, with full production beginning in December 2011. At full production, the Company will employ 68 at the 12,500-square-foot facility. The Chennai facility is the company's first fuel tank systems location within India and will produce low-emission plastic fuel tanks. Production will begin in April 2012. The Company will employ 70 at the 73,000-square-foot facility. The Company also has facilities in Manesar to produce powertrain systems, and in Baroda and Manesar for the production of fluid-carrying systems. (From a press release on October 28, 2011)

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-In 2012, the Company announced that it opened its new manufacturing facility in Liberec, Czech Republic. The new, 63,700 square-foot (5,920-square-meter) facility will produce plastic fuel filler pipes for Volkswagen, Skoda and Audi, and assemble fuel tank systems for Citroen, Peugeot, Toyota and Skoda. Liberec is TI Automotive's fourth location in the Czech Republic, joining two in Jablonec nad Nisou and one in Mlada Boleslav, and will have 85 employees at full production. The new plant will produce 1.1 million filler pipes annually with current programs. TI Automotive currently has two dedicated production lines within the facility, and has optimized the floor plan to add two additional lines as needed. (From a press release on June 7, 2012)

<Mexico, China>
-In 2010, The Company inaugurated its fuel tank systems production facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, where it will produce plastic fuel tanks, pumps and modules for the Nissan "Micra", "Note" and "Versa" vehicles. It is the company's sixth manufacturing location and first fuel tank production facility in Mexico. The 83,500 square foot facility currently has 20 employees and one assembly line. It is expected to have 200 employees and three lines by May 2011. The Company currently has 24 fuel tank manufacturing and 11 pump and modules systems production facilities worldwide. (From a press release on December 9, 2010)