Eaton’s Vehicle Group Celebrates Jining Facility Phase II Project Expansion

Date: 2013/10/11

Jining, Shandong…Leading power management company Eaton today celebrated the second phase of an expansion project at its Vehicle Group’s Jining facility with a ceremony attended by government officials, local partners and employees at the plant  in the Shandong Province. Curt Hutchins, Eaton's president of Asia Pacific, Erbing Shang, president – Asia Pacific for Eaton’s Vehicle Group, along with the officials from the Jining government, local partners and employees attended the ceremony.

To meet the growing customer demand in China for engine valves and valvetrain products and technologies, Eaton began the expansion of the Jining plant in July and the project is expected to be completed and fully operational in March 2014. With a total investment of several million dollars, the expansion will include a doubling of its manufacturing capacity.

The Jining facility produces valves, hollow valves, modular lash adjusters, roller rocker arms, pump actuators and other valve and value actuation systems and devices for passenger cars, light and commercial vehicles and medium- and heavy-duty trucks. By introducing state-of-the-art technologies to China, Eaton is fulfilling its long-standing commitment to produce products for the region, within the region.

“The Jining expansion project will significantly scale our manufacturing and processing capabilities in the region in support of the growing demand for high quality and sustainable products,” said Erbing Shang. “With this additional capacity Eaton is well positioned to capitalize on the growth within China’s automotive and commercial vehicle markets.”  

Eaton’s Vehicle Group has steadily expanded its footprint in China since 1998 when it opened its first manufacturing facility in Shanghai. Today, Eaton’s Vehicle Group operates four manufacturing facilities, an engineering lab, and a research and development center to serve local and global customers including Shanghai GM, VW, Dongfeng, Great Wall, Hyundai, Chery. In addition to its expansion of the Jining plant, Eaton’s Vehicle Group is undertaking joint technology programs with leading local universities in China – Shanghai Jiao Tong University and South China University of Technology. Since 2008, Eaton’s Vehicle Group has worked in collaboration with these academic institutions on engineering and innovation projects to solve technical problems and help develop local engineering talent.