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Inteva Products Expands Roof Systems Manufacturing Presence into Western China


TROY, Mich., May 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Inteva Products is expanding its Asia Pacific footprint to Western China with the opening of a new Roof Systems manufacturing plant in Chengdu.  The newly-constructed facility was dedicated today in a Grand Opening Celebration attended by customers, suppliers and government officials. The Chengdu operation will begin full production in September.

"Today's celebration marks an important milestone in Inteva's global growth strategy," said Inteva President and CEO Lon Offenbacher. "Our expansion into Western China demonstrates Inteva's commitment to succeed and grow with our customers. Inteva's entire product portfolio is well suited for the fast growing automotive market in China."

Inteva Chengdu Operations will support Shanghai Inteva Automotive Parts Co. Ltd (Inteva SAMAP),  a joint venture between Inteva Products and its long-standing business partner Shanghai SIIC Transportation Electronic Company, Ltd (STEC).

"The demand for high quality roof systems is increasing in the Chinese market as consumers are selecting sunroof options at a high rate," said Stefan Land, Vice President and Executive Director of Roof Systems for Inteva and Inteva SAMAP Board Member. "Inteva's investment in this manufacturing plant will help us better serve our customers in China. Our team in China has done an excellent job preparing us for continued success."

Inteva Chengdu will have complete operation capabilities and full quality-assurance testing for Roof Systems. The plant is designed to accommodate the potential for future expansion into other Inteva product lines.

"Our technology, cost competitiveness, quality performance and positive customer relationships are fueling our expansion into Western China," said Gerard Roose, Inteva Vice President of Sales and Marketing who also serves on the Board of Directors of Inteva SAMAP. "This is a great day for the Inteva SAMAP team and I'm confident the Chengdu plant will be a place of manufacturing excellence."

Inteva designs, engineers and manufactures rollo shades, sunroofs, panoramic roofs and full roof modules to meet customer demands for low mass, low noise levels and optimum headroom with maximized vehicle body strength. All can feature electric or manual operation with integrated wind deflectors, sunshades or roller blind systems. Inteva roof systems are available in a full range of opening sizes and options. Inteva modular roof systems reduce complexity for OEMs while providing increased styling flexibility.

Inteva  has six manufacturing operations and two technical centers in China employing more than 1,500 people. Roof systems are produced in Shanghai at two operations. In Zhenjiang, Inteva produces latches and actuators, window regulators and electric motors. SDADS, an Inteva joint venture, manufactures door latches and door modules. Door modules and sunroofs are produced in ChangChun. Together these operations and technical centers serve China's leading passenger car OEMs.

Inteva Products, LLC

Inteva Products, LLC is a leading global supplier offering value-based innovation and environmentally-friendly products that enhance quality and performance. Focused on delivering high-value quality, on time and on budget, Inteva has global resources for engineering, manufacturing and customer service for Closure Systems, Interiors Systems, Motors and Electronics, and Roof Systems. Inteva is focused on sustained global growth, providing excellent customer service and being a best place to work for employees. The company is headquartered in Troy, Michigan and employs over 9,000 people in 18 countries. For more information, please visit www.intevaproducts.com.

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Media Contact:
Kimberly A. Welch
248.655.8333
kwelch@intevaproducts.com

SOURCE Inteva Products, LLC