Visteon Group (China)  FY2009

Business Highlights

<Interior and exterior Parts>

Operations launched at new plant in Hefei

-Visteon started operations at its new plant in the Hefei Economic and Technical Development Zone.(From a press release on January 3, 2009 )


New plant constructed in Wuhan

-On May 16, Dongfeng Visteon Automotive Trim Systems Co., Ltd. started constructing a new plant on a 97,000-square-meter site in the Wuhan Economic & Technological Development Zone. The new facility will manufacture interior and exterior trim products such as instrument panels, door trims, bumpers, and fenders for passenger vehicles. When the first phase of the construction project is completed, the company will have the capacity to manufacture products for 100,000 vehicles. The company will also set up a Research and Development center at the new plant. (From a press release on May 18, 2009)


Joint venture established in Chengdu

-Changchun Faway Automobile Components Co., Ltd. and Yanfeng Plastic Omnium Automotive Exterior Systems Co., Ltd. established a joint-venture company to manufacture automotive exterior components in the Longquan development zone in Chengdu City. Total investment in this company is 195.4 million yuan. The company is capitalized at 158 million yuan, 51 percent of which is provided by Changchun Faway and the remaining 49 percent by Faway Yanfeng Plastic Omnium. It will break ground for its new plant soon. The plant's annual capacity for producing passenger-vehicle bumper assemblies is 350,000, which is planned to be reached in 2016. Sales are expected to reach 205.4 million yuan by 2015. (From a press release on December 28, 2009)


<Electronics Division>

Company wins supply agreement from Tata

-Visteon announced that it will supply both audio systems and lightweight intake manifolds for the ultra low-cost Nano manufactured by Tata Motors of India. The intake manifolds, which are for use in two-cylinder engines, are designed to reduce engine noise. The audio system is based on the Tiger radio platform, which was developed jointly by the Visteon Technical Center in Chennai, India and Visteon China Technical Center. The audio system is equipped with an in-vehicle entertainment unit, tailor made speakers and antennas, an AM/FM radio, a CD player, a USB port, and a Bluetooth wireless system so as to cater to the diversified needs of car users.(From a press release on December 15, 2009)


<Climate Control Divisions>

Jie Xi Si (Nanjing) Automotive Climate Control Co., Ltd launches operations

-Japan Climate Systems Corporation, which is a joint-venture company among Visteon, Mazda Motor, and Panasonic Corporation, announced that its new production facility, Jie Xi Si (Nanjing) Automotive Climate Control Co., Ltd. (located in Nanjing), officially started operations. The new facility will manufacture mainly heat exchangers for car air conditioning systems, aiming to meet increasing demand from local production facilities of Mazda and other customers in China. Japan Climate Systems invested 68 million yuan in the first phase of the project. The company will hire around 300 people over the next three years. The Nanjing facility, which will be capable of producing 800,000 evaporators, 300,000 condensers, and 300,000 heater cores per year, plans to supply these products to the automotive markets in China, Japan, and ASEAN countries. (From a press release on June 26, 2009)


Climate Systems Operations in Changchun Expanded

-FAWER Visteon Climate Control System (Changchun) Co., Ltd (FVCC) has moved the Changchun Automotive Development Zone and expanded its manufacturing operation in Changchun, China. The new plant will produce heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems (HVAC) and mechanically assembled aluminum radiators, in addition to brazed aluminum radiators that FVCC currently produces. In 2009, FVCC established a technical collaboration with Japan Climate Systems (JCS), another Visteon joint venture, leading to the introduction of the HVAC product line. In addition, FVCC localized the design of radiators. The Changchun facility has the capacity to produce 1.2 million brazed radiators, 250,000 mechanical radiators and 240,000 HVAC systems annually. FVCC serves a range of automakers such as FAW-Volkswagen, FAW Car, FAW Jiefang, FAW Xiali, FAW Haima, Shanghai Volkswagen, Chang'an Ford, Chery, Geely, and Great Wall. (From a press release on June 22, 2010)


<R&D facility>

Company name Year established City Overview
Visteon China Technical Center(CTC) Nov. 2005 Shanghai -The company integrates the group's engineering activities that focus on automotive interior and electronic parts in the Asia Pacific region. CTC will also focus on developing various products, some to be marketed globally and others to specific countries.
Testing Center Mar. 2009 Shanghai -Visteon and Halla Climate Control (HCC) established a new facility in Shanghai to measure and test various air conditioner parts. The testing center is equipped with various measuring systems including an airflow meter, a noise and vibration measuring room for HVAC systems and cooling systems, and measuring devices for evaporators and heaters.


Product developments

-Visteon Corporation announced that it has developed a new pulse count system for automotive HVAC controls. The new system provides a reduction in wiring complexity and weight compared with conventional HVAC control solutions. Visteon's technical centers in China and in India worked on implementing applications of this second generation of pulse count technology, which is scheduled for commercialization in mid-2010. (From a press release on July 22, 2009)

-China's Yanfeng Visteon Automotive Electronics (YFVE) developed an instrument cluster and audio systems on Shanghai General Motors' small car Chevrolet New Sail. (From a press release on February 25, 2010)

-Yanfeng Visteon Automotive Electronics has developed a new cockpit system - Advanced Cockpit Electronics Interface (ACE-I). The ACE-I comes with a 7-inch full-color Thin Film Transistor (TFT) screen with touch-sensitive functionality. It integrates a wide range of vehicle controls in a single-screen display. These controls include navigation, video, audio, climate and driver information. This system also enables connection with consumer electronics such as SD cards, USB keys, MP3 players or iPod(R) devices. (From a press release on April 23, 2010)

-Visteon Corporation began showcasing its latest technology in its demonstration vehicle, the C-Beyond,for vehicle manufacturers and media in China. The vehicle features more than 40 innovative technologies in climate systems, infotainment and connectivity, and interior and exterior lighting. (From a press release on July 29, 2010)