TRW to Expand Steering Systems Production in Poland
Additional manufacturing space of approximately 9,000 square meters will be established in Bielsko Biala close to the existing site in Czechowice-Dziedzice. The production will commence in first quarter of 2012.
TRW is continuously improving and expanding its electrically powered steering by making it available for emerging markets with a lower cost column drive variant and is also working on belt drive for larger vehicles for future generations.
TRW is a tier one automotive supplier in Poland with four other plants in Czestochowa, Gliwice and Pruszkow that employs more than 6,000 people.
Michael Degen, vice president operations for European steering operations at TRW, said: â€œWe have enjoyed growing demand for TRW's Column and Belt Drive Electrically Powered Steering systems. We are expanding production to meet current and future demands for this product. By 2015, we estimate that up to 80 percent of new vehicles will be equipped with pure electric steering.
â€œEPS technology is meeting vehicle manufacturers' and consumers' desire for fuel efficiency and reduced emissions. TRW's electric steering can deliver fuel economy improvements of up to 4 percent compared to standard hydraulic powered steering systems.â€
In June 2011, TRW Automotive has said to open a new technical center in China. The 32,000 square meter facility will be built in 2013 at Anting and will accommodate more than 1,000 engineers.
TRW Automotive is engaged in manufacturing and supplying automotive systems. Its product portfolio includes steering gears and systems, air bags foundation brakes, chassis modules, seat belts, ABS and other brake control products.
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