The new company FreudenbergVilene Filter (Chengdu) Co., Ltd will be the third filter manufacturing site for Freudenberg Filtration Technologies in China. The other sites are located in Suzhou and Changchun. The new site in the Central Western part of China will operate particularly in the automotive filter segment, which has been experiencing remarkable growth. The production of both engine air intake filters and cabin air filters is expected to begin in August 2012.
Major automobile manufacturers such as First Automotive Works Volkswagen and Geely Volvo have settled their manufacturing plants in the Chengdu area. Automobile production in this region is expected to increase significantly in the following years, from 1.8 million units in 2011 to three million units in 2015.