November 10, 2008

Presence in growing Chinese market strengthened: EPCOS launches joint venture with Anhui Feida

  • Tapping new markets for power capacitors
  • EPCOS owns 60 percent of the shares in the joint venture

EPCOS, one of the world's leading manufacturers of electronic components, modules and systems, has signed an agreement with the Chinese company, Anhui Feida Industry Stock Co., Ltd. (Anhui Feida), to launch a joint venture under the name EPCOS (Anhui) Feida Electronics Co., Ltd. (EPCOS Feida).

The joint venture will develop and manufacture power capacitors for AC (alternating current) applications. Its products will thus be used especially in household appliances such as washing machines, dryers and refrigerators and industrial machinery such as air-conditioning systems and pumps. In all these applications, power capacitors are needed to start and operate electric motors.


Subject to approval by the relevant authorities, EPCOS Feida should open for business at the start of 2009. Around 1300 employees will be transferred from Anhui Feida to the joint venture. Over the next three years, EPCOS Feida aims to generate sales totaling about EUR 100 million.


With its capital investment EPCOS owns 60 percent of the shares in the joint venture. Anhui Feida, one of China’s leading makers of power capacitors for AC applications, is incorporating all of its business activities involving these products as a non-cash contribution. This contribution includes both a modern production facility and the associated local sales network.

EPCOS Feida will be headquartered in Ningguo City, where its manufacturing operations will also be based. Ningguo City has a population of around 400,000 and is about 300 kilometers west of Shanghai.

Tapping new applications and customers


An increasing share of the global demand for household electronics is being serviced by products made in Asia in general and China in particular. The new joint venture will strengthen EPCOS’ presence in precisely these growing markets. EPCOS Feida thus gives EPCOS the chance to broaden its customer base and tap new AC applications for power capacitors from a low-cost manufacturing base.


Moreover, the joint venture will strengthen EPCOS’ position in Asia’s growing market for power generation and distribution. The joint venture creates conditions that will enable EPCOS to supply both local and locally based international customers with power capacitors faster and at lower cost than in the past.

About Anhui Feida


The Anhui Feida Group & Co., Ltd. is one of China's largest local suppliers of power capacitors for AC applications. In addition to these products, the company also manufactures carbon tubes for use in road construction and molds for use in car tire production. In fiscal 2007, Anhui Feida generated revenues of about EUR 25 million from the sale of power capacitors for AC applications.


About EPCOS


EPCOS AG is a leading manufacturer of electronic components, modules and systems headquartered in Munich. With its broad portfolio EPCOS offers a comprehensive range of products from a single source and focuses on fast-growing and technologically demanding markets, in particular in the areas of information and communication technology, automotive electronics, industrial electronics and consumer electronics. The EPCOS Group has design and manufacturing locations and sales offices in Europe, Asia, and in North and South America.


Electronic components are found in every electrical and electronic product and are indispensable for their flawless operation. Products from EPCOS store electrical energy, select frequencies, and protect against overvoltage and overcurrent.


In fiscal 2007 (October 1, 2006, to September 30, 2007), EPCOS posted sales of EUR 1.44 billion. At the end of the fiscal year, the company employed about 18,300 people worldwide.

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