Kiekert celebrates 10th plant anniversary in China
April 25th 2018 Kiekert AG, Heiligenhaus Kiekert AG, the technology leader in automotive locking systems, is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Changshu, China. Founded in April 2008, the location has become the leading research and development center for locking systems in the Asian market over the past decade. From the headquarters in Changshu, all operative business activities are managed for the other Asian Kiekert locations in China (Zhengzhou), Korea (Hwaseong-si and Seoul) and Japan (Yokohama). Changshu manufactures customized safety and comfort solutions for China and the Asian market based on local needs. The product portfolio ranges from Kiekert’s Beta latch platform via the truck latch to electro-mechanical actuators for a variety of comfort and safety functions (micro actuators, comfortable servo actuators, side door actuators). Over the years, Kiekert has steadily expanded its activities and market position in China and the Asian market and holds a market share of 20 percent in China. Customers include world-leading Chinese, German, Korean and US automakers.
Ten years ago, Kiekert Changshu started its business operations in Changshu with 20 employees and delivered its first side door latch to a Korean automaker. With the vision to become the leading engineering and production center for the Asia-Pacific region, Kiekert has continuously invested in its research and testing facilities and also production capacity. In 2012, Kiekert responded to the ever-increasing customer demand for its product solutions by doubling the production capacity at the plant. Today, Kiekert in China, together with its plant in Zhengzhou, holds a 24,000 square meters site and employs around 1,000 employees. Over the past decade, Kiekert Changshu has produced and shipped over 105 million products to over 20 customers in 11 countries. "Looking back, the decision to go to China was an important and right one for the entire company. Over the past ten years, we have successfully positioned ourselves in the Chinese market and other major automotive regions in Asia. Kiekert Changshu was and is our pivotal point in opening up this important market with a focus on regionally popular products for our local customers. We will continue to do our part in order to continue to grow with our customers in Asia, "said Karl Krause, CEO of Kiekert AG. In the near future further investments are planned in the research and development facilities as well as in electronic technologies in Changshu. Over the years Kiekert Changshu has repeatedly impressed its customers with quality and innovative products and has received several awards. Prizes include Ford's “Q1 Preferred Quality Status”, GM's “Supplier Quality Excellence Award” and BYD's “Best Partner” award.
About Kiekert in China and in Asia
Kiekert has been active in the Chinese market since 2008 and since then has steadily expanded its activities in Asia. The automotive supplier today has two locations in China (Changshu and Zhengzhou), a development and distribution center in Japan (Yokohama) and Korea (Seoul) and a production site in Korea (Hwaseong-si).