Date: 22 December 2004
Pilkington operates three automotive glass plants in China; one fully owned plant in Guilin and two joint venture plants in Changchun and Wuhan, in which Pilkington is the majority and managing shareholder. A newly established umbrella company "Pilkington China Holdings Co Ltd" owns Pilkington's interests in these plants.
A single, Pilkington-led, organisation will be responsible for Sales, NMI, Purchasing, Logistics, Finance and Production, of all three plants.
The plants, which are now fully integrated into Pilkington Automtive's global organisation will be known as "Guilin, Changchun and Wuhan Plants of Pilkington Automotive in China."
A unified structure will help provide a better service to customers in China. Every customer will have a primary point of contact in the form of a Key Account Manager, responsible for business negotiations and dealing promptly with any operational requirements.
President Automotive Worldwide, Pat Zito, said "These changes mark an important step for Pilkington, which has been operating in China since 1983 and is now the leading foreign supplier of Automotive glass to the Chinese automotive industry."