International Automotive Components (IAC), a global vehicle interiors supplier, has just opened its new European headquarters in Düsseldorf, Germany.
The new facility hosts the company’s European Operations, which includes commercial and sales, design/engineering, procurement, administrative activities, and offices for the supplier’s European senior leadership team. Logistics operations will also be at the new headquarters.
Lewis Small, director logistics Europe, IAC, told Automotive Logistics, “The IAC Logistics and Supply Management Teams play a key role within the European Operations organisation and hence are both located at the Düsseldorf HQ, as well as in the single plants. The European teams work very closely with the other regions to ensure flawless delivery of global projects and platform programmes such as the new Mercedes C-Class, for which IAC delivers, among others, the flooring and the pillars on four continents.”
Throughout Europe, IAC now has 26 plants and five technical centres, compared with the 11 facilities across seven countries it had in 2006 when it was established. The facilities service both passenger car and commercial vehicle manufacturers. Last year, IAC recorded sales of $2.2 billion (€1.74 billion), which marked the fourth consecutive year of growth.
The main focus of the new HQ will be on Europe, but the Düsseldorf facility will also play a role in global operations, working on platform launches, consistent production standards, in-house material development, and vertical integration, across four continents.