Brembo Expands In China With Caliper Production

NANJING, China–The Brembo Group today began manufacturing aluminum brake calipers here in a production campus where it already makes brake discs.

Brembo, which has been operating in China for almost two decades, has a production hub here measuring almost 40,000 square meters. All of the production stages in the value chain have been integrated into the new site, from delivery of raw material to shipping the finished product, the company said.

The plant contributes about 100 million euros per year to the Group’s revenue and employs 450 people. With 67 production lines, from calipers to knuckles, and the foundry, the facility offers a production capacity of more than 2 million pieces per year.

“It is with great pride that I inaugurate this new production hub in China on the occasion of the first official visit of the Chinese authorities who are here with us today,” says Alberto Bombassei, President of Brembo. “This event is dedicated to a highly tangible illustration of the innovative process and product technologies Brembo uses in the production site on behalf of its customers that operate in China.

The new plant, designed to minimize waste and maximizing energy recovery, the plant meets all the regulations imposed by the Carbon Disclosure Project protocol, the company noted.

Brembo in China

Brembo entered China in 2001 with the formation of its first joint-venture. In 2008, it acquired the majority shares of Brembo (Nanjing) Brake Systems Co. Ltd., gradually reaching 100 percent control in 2013. In 2009, the logistics Aftermarket hub was established in Qingdao. In 2016, Brembo joined the Brembo Huilian (Langfang) Brake Systems Co.Ltd. JV as a majority holder with its partner SASAC.

The Group currently operates in China with four different companies. Brembo (Nanjing) Brake Systems Co. Ltd. incorporated Brembo (Nanjing) Foundry Co. Ltd. in 2017. The company is specialized in the development, production, and sales of original equipment brake discs for the automotive market and braking systems for cars and commercial vehicles. In 2018, the company recorded sales of 159 million euros and had 632 employees at year-end.

Qingdao Brembo Trading Co. Ltd. was founded in 2009. The company carries out logistics and marketing activities in the economic and technological development hub in Qingdao. In 2018, it achieved 35.26 million euros in revenue and at the end of the year, it had 27 employees.

In 2016, Brembo SpA acquired 66 percent of Brembo Huilian (Langfang) Brake System Co. Ltd, a Chinese company that owns a foundry and a plant for machining cast iron brake discs, supplying automotive manufacturers throughout the region. The remaining 34 percent of the share capital will continue to be held by the public company Langfang Assets Operation Co. Ltd. under the authority of the Municipality of Langfang Cities.

In 2018, it achieved 78.5 million euros in revenue and at the end of the year, it had 670 employees. In April 2016, Brembo announced the establishment of Brembo (Nanjing) Automotive Components Co. Ltd.,60 percent of which is owned by Brembo SpA and 40 percent by Brembo Brake India Pvt. Ltd. The company handles the casting, machining, assembly and sales of braking systems for cars and commercial vehicles. In 2018, the company recorded net revenue of 74.2 million euros.

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