The JV will be based in the northeastern Chinese city of Changchun with a second manufacturing plant in Kunshan, Shanghai, to serve OEMs in the northern and southern regions of China.

Engley will develop and produce crash management systems, instrument panel beams in aluminium and other structural aluminium modules. Alcan Automotive will be the majority shareholder and expects to start supplying products by the end of the year.

Alcan EAS is a supplier of lightweight solutions in Europe and North America. It said incorporating the partnership with Engley is the next step to grow and support the development of aluminium systems for the Chinese and Asian markets.

These systems provide weight reduction, safety and structural stiffness, enhancing pedestrian and vehicle safety and reducing emissions.