Korean supplier expands Kia business in China

Gary Anglebrandt and Seo Ju Mi

Qingdao Kyungshin Electronic Co. Ltd. has established a wire harness factory in Yancheng City, China, to support its business in China with Kia Motors Corp.

Kyungshin Industrial Co., a privately owned South Korean supplier of wire harnesses based in Incheon, started Qingdao Kyungshin in 2002 in the city of Qingdao, China. Wire harnesses connect electronic devices in cars.

The Yancheng plant has a capacity of 150,000 harnesses, more than doubling Kyungshin’s capacity in China, said Shim Hwang Seong, marketing manager of Kyungshin.

Kia operates in China via its subsidiary, Dongfeng Yueda Kia Automobile Co., which also is in Yancheng. Dongfeng Yueda is adding capacity for 300,000 vehicles to its plant, which now has a capacity of 130,000.

Most of Kyungshin’s business comes from the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group.

Kyungshin had revenue of $522.5 million in 2006. Thirty percent of Kyungshin’s production in China goes to the Chinese market. The remaining 70 percent is exported to Korea.

Kyungshin also has factories in India and the United States.

The Qingdao factory has 1,000 workers. The new Yancheng plant has 1,500.

Shim said Kyungshin has no other expansion plans for China.

June 6, 2007 | Automotive News China (now defunct)