Purem by Eberspaecher and AAPICO Hitech Public Company Limited (AAPICO) celebrated the official opening of its first plant specialising in manufacturing exhaust components in Malaysia yesterday.
The new plant in Rawang which covers 4,000 square meters for the production of exhaust gas aftertreatment systems, will be making exhaust parts for OEMs including Proton. This includes so called hot ends with catalytic converters and manifolds as well as cold ends, that means mufflers and pipes.
Featuring highly automatic state-of-the-art technology, about 100 employees will produce and deliver about 400,000 components yearly for four different car models directly to a Malaysian automotive manufacturer.
In the future, further volumes with new local customers are planned as well as technical expansion of the production facility for coating of catalysts. With the facility’s potential to expand up to 7,000 square meters and operate at full capacity, this venture will contribute to the growth and development of Malaysia’s auto parts industry with the creation of new employment, introduction of leading technologies and upskilling the workforce, while delivering sustainable world-class exhaust systems to OEM
Later this week, the joint venture partners will officially open a second plant to serve the ASEAN market. The site in Rayong, Southeast of Bangkok, Thailand, will deliver exhaust systems for a pick-up truck of a leading US automotive manufacturer.
The joint venture Purem Aapico Co. Ltd. was founded in August 2022. Purem by Eberspaecher holds 51 %, while AAPICO 49 %. The aim of the partnership is to develop the local market and become a major exhaust technology system supplier for the region.
“This is an important milestone for our business activities in the ASEAN market”, summarized Martin Peters, Managing Partner of the Eberspaecher Group. “It demonstrates that our products and technologies for clean mobility are well sought and we are delighted to deliver these together with our joint Venture partner AAPICO.”
He emphasized, “Just a year after the start of our joint venture activities, this opening is a proof point of its success and an important step to develop the local Malaysian market.”