Magna International Inc. (Aurora, ON, Canada) announced that it is growing its footprint in China, with the establishment of a new seating engineering center in the Xuhui district of Shanghai. The newly established center will help Magna match the pace of growth in the world's largest automotive market, said Magna's release. The new location, which will include a seating testing lab and prototype shop, will employ approximately 60 people initially, but is expected to increase employment to more than 100 when it operates at full capacity.
"Opening a technical center in China is a reinforcement of our commitment to our customers, as they are looking for innovation and technology breakthroughs in the local market," said Mike Bisson, President of Magna Seating. "This center will help us stay in tune with local industry expectations and trends, so that we can continue to deliver the most innovative seating solutions to the market."