Dana gears up China presence, support

Engine maker Dana has had quite a year to date, confirming the opening of five new facilities across China since the beginning of 2019
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Ohio, US-based Dana has a total of 36,000 people working in 33 countries on six continents

Dana officials said the increase in presence stems from its takeover of the SME Group, as well as the drive systems segment of Oerlikon Group, which included the Graziano and Fairfield brands.

The newest facilities are located in Shanghai, a location which engineers and manufactures SME AC electric motors, inverters, controllers and accessories; Changshu, which produces planetary gear reducers for e-drives; Baoding, where e-axles for new energy buses are developed; and Suzhou, where one location produces city bus axles and a second makes drives, axles and gears primarily for off-highway mobile equipment and industrial machinery.

In all, Dana now has 23 operations in China and its payroll has topped 6,750. In addition to the bigger footprint, the company now has expanded engineering, manufacturing, testing and aftermarket services in the country.

President and CEO Jim Kamsickas pointed out that Dana's history in China goes back more than 25 years.

"We see a strong opportunity to accelerate our growth in the Asia-Pacific region. The addition of these facilities shows how Dana will continue to invest in expanding our capabilities for vehicle manufacturers in China - especially for those that are bolstering their electrification initiatives."

Dana has undertaken a sizeable, comprehensive commitment to electrification and hybridisation over the last two years. Some of its key transactions, Kamsickas noted, include the acquisition of the power-transmission and fluid power businesses of Brevini; the acquisition of a majority stake in high-voltage electric motor, power inverter and control system maker TM4; and the SME And Oerlikon Group.

Ohio, US-based Dana, now 115 years old, has a total of 36,000 people working in 33 countries on six continents.