Siemens, Orbital Engine Venture Expanding In China

Synerject announced Friday the creation of Chinese subsidiary Synerject Motorcycle Systems Changchun Co. Ltd. to support its Asian expansion initiative.

Synerject, a joint venture formed by Siemens VDO Automotive and Orbital Engine, announced Friday the creation of Chinese subsidiary Synerject Motorcycle Systems Changchun Co. Ltd. to support its Asian expansion initiative.

"This initiative complements Synerject's current manufacturing base for production of engine management modules and components," said Synerject President and CEO Stephane Tagliante. "It is primarily aimed at supporting Synerject’s growing business commitments in the Chinese market, while securing a high quality manufacturing location from which to supply products to the rest of Synerject’s Asian region."

The Synerject initiative is comprised of two operational elements: the creation of a Manufacturing Center in Changchun; and, the opening of a sales and application engineering support center in Chongqing.

"The Changchun Manufacturing Center is in the process of preparing for a target start of production date this spring," said Tagliante. "It will initially manufacture our new integrated engine management throttle body, a new Synerject product specifically designed to meet the needs of the small displacement motorcycle and scooter engines used throughout most Asian countries."

Synerject’s Changchun manufacturing operation is housed within corporate parent company Siemens VDO's existing automotive electronics production facility.

Collocating with Siemens VDO offers Synerject access to support services already in place, as well as manufacturing technologies synergies between the automotive and non-automotive electronics products.

The Chongqing Sales and Application Engineering Support Center is scheduled to open in early 2007. The facility will be equipped with the state-of-the art engine and vehicle test and calibration equipment needed to customize and calibrate motorcycles to meet legislated and customer requirements.

Synerject, headquartered in Newport News, Va., was formed between Siemens VDO Automotive Corp. and Orbital Corporation Ltd. in 1997.

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