The article China’s Strategy in the U.S. Car Market: Make Parts First appeared in the Wall Street Journal recently. Not only did the story about how Chinese manufacturers are making a difference in the U.S. auto parts market strike me, but also the amount of QAD customers I recognized. Nothing makes me happier than to see the positive impact our auto parts manufacturing customers have on the industry. I love seeing our customers succeed, and as a QAD employee, it makes me especially proud. If our customers are succeeding, then we’re doing our job.

Chinese Auto Parts Manufacturers Making a Difference in the U.S.

These QAD customers mentioned in this WJS article work hard to provide world class service to the OEMs they support. Let me give you a brief introduction to each one and the products they produce in the automotive industry.

Nexteer Automotive
Nexteer Automotive has a history that goes back to 1906, and is a global leader in advanced steering and driveline systems with locations all over the globe, including five in China. Their product line includes electric power steering, hydraulic power steering, torque overlay solutions, steering columns, and multiple variations on driveline system shafts and joints. We were very fortunate to visit Nexteer’s headquarters in Saginaw, Michigan and shoot this video about how they are using QAD Enterprise Applications to become an Effective Enterprise.

Henniges Automotive

Recently acquired by Nexteer, Henniges Automotive is a global leader in sealing and anti-vibration solutions to the automotive industry. They are truly global, operating in three continents, fourteen plants, and five engineering centers — four of their plants being in China.

A123 Systems
A123 Systems develops and manufactures batteries and energy storage systems to the automotive industry. Their game-changing technology delivers a new combination of high power, excellent safety, and long life. They have two locations in China.

Ningbo Joyson Electronic Corp.
Founded in 2004, Joyson Electronics is a leading automotive supplier based in Ningbo, China. They are a global company specializing in climate control, driver controls, sensor systems, and electronic control units.

Nexteer is Recognized for Manufacturing Leadership

Additionally, customers like Nexteer are not only getting recognition for their success in the U.S. parts market, but also for their manufacturing leadership. This year Nexteer earned the 2015 Manufacturing Leadership Award for Enterprise Technology Leadership. They were awarded for the competitive advantage and tangible enterprise performance gains achieved through their implementation of QAD Cloud ERP.

Learn more about QAD’s success in providing global Cloud ERP to the automotive industry.

It’s great to see how QAD is leveraged to help so many automotive parts suppliers achieve success in the global automotive industry! I believe that we will see more and more Chinese-owned suppliers enter the top 100 global automotive supplier list now and into the not so distant future. In my work with suppliers in China, this is not only a goal, but it is their passion.


    • Thank you Alejandro! It is great to see our existing customers such as Metalsa expanding into China as well! I saw a great video about all the wonderful things Metalsa is doing with QAD that was featured at the recent Explore event in Mexico. I hope to be featuring this in a future blog too that highlights all of Metalsa’s great accomplishments using QAD software.