Bosch starts building spark plant in China image

Bosch Group, the world’s largest maker of auto parts, recently began construction ona 1.1 billion yuan plant in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, to produce spark plugs, brake componentsand diagnostics equipment by 2013.

The plant will have the capacity to produce more than 100 million spark plugs a year after it starts operation in 2013, the giant said. The new facility will also produce 80 million brake pads and 25,000 sets of diagnostic equipment yearly.

In addition to auto component production, the Nanjing base will also include a new R&D center for Bosch’s automotive aftermarket division, while employing more than 3000 workers, the company announced in a statement.

“The new plant will significantly enhance production capacity by Bosch’s automotive aftermarketbusiness and integrate related product lines in China,” said Ken Ford, regional president ofBosch Automotive Aftermarket Asia Pacific.

The announcement came shortly after the giant opened its new plant in Suzhou, China. This plant was set up at a total investment of Yuan 200m (US$31.29m), and will produce antilock braking systems (ABS), electronic stability programme (ESP) systems, and related sensors.