Taditel, an Israeli market leader in advanced electronic solutions for the automotive industry, is establishing a new production plant in China. The plant is located in the CI3 industrial incubator Initiative in the city of Changzhou, Wujin Economic Zone (WEZ). The company said that theentry of Taditel of Ha’argaz Group into the incubator completes phase one of a unique endeavor, launched to provide Israeli companies with the opportunity to conveniently manage production in China, reducing the investment and risks associated with penetration into a complex, unfamiliar market.
Taditel stated that it is opening the plant in response to both the challenge of global competition and the needs of its direct clients, such as: Bosch, Delphi, Remy, Valeo and others. Taditel’s advanced voltage regulators can be found in the vehicles of the leading manufacturers, including: GM, Volkswagen, Hyundai, Toyota, Audi, Fiat, Peugeot, Citroen, Ford, BMW, Honda, Volvo, and many others.
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The incubator is a partnership between two Israeli-owned companies: PTL Group, established by Zvi Shalgo, formerly Chairman of the Israeli Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, and Elan Industries, owned by entrepreneur Ilan Maimon. Both companies have many years of experience specializing in management and operation of Israeli and foreign companies in the Chinese market, and in establishing industrial and technological endeavors in China.
Shachar Kadshai, CEO of Taditel said, “Ha’argaz group is currently in the process of growth and expansion of business activities, including purchase of companies and development of its industrial activity in Israel.”
Ilan Maimon, founding partner and CEO of the CI3 Incubator: “what guided us in establishing the incubator endeavor in 2011 was the identification of the need for local production in China among Israeli and foreign companies. This is necessary to maintain the companies’ competitive edge vis-à-vis global and Chinese competitors, and to meet their international and Chinese customers’ demand to purchase from nearby suppliers, in the Chinese market. The incubator enables starting with limited series of production and gradually increasing their scope according to Chinese market sales, eliminating the need for a large investment to establish an independent plant.”
The Chinese auto market is perceived the largest and fastest growing in the world. In 2013, China became the first country in the world in which more than 20 million vehicles were sold during a given year. During 2014, 24 million vehicles were sold. Among the Israeli automotive companies that already operate in China, are: Taditel, Arkal Automotive, Polyram, A.L Filter, CogniTens (purchased by Hexagon, Sweden), Nextec and Intelligent Transport System (ITS) companies such as Mobileye.