March 31, 2015 / 6:45 AM / 4 years ago

Faurecia forms car parts joint venture with China's Dongfeng

The sign of French maker of car interiors Faurecia is pictured on the company's showcase on media day at the Paris Mondial de l'Automobile, October 2, 2014. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

PARIS (Reuters) - French car parts maker Faurecia (EPED.PA) announced a joint-venture deal with Dongfeng (0489.HK), the Chinese state-controlled automotive group, in a move designed to increase its presence in the world’s biggest autos market.

Faurecia, majority-owned by PSA Peugeot Citroen (PEUP.PA), said on Tuesday the venture would target sales of 2 billion euros ($2.2 billion) to Dongfeng and its carmaking partners such as Peugeot, Nissan (7201.T), Honda (7267.T) and Kia (000270.KS), as well as the Chinese carmaker’s own brands.

The deal “will contribute to the steady and profitable growth of Faurecia in China”, Faurecia Chief Executive Yann Delabriere said in a statement.

Faurecia’s shares were down 0.2 percent at 41.125 euros at 0917 GMT, valuing the company at 5.12 billion euros ($5.5 billion).

Faurecia is already expanding in China, where sales last year rose 20 percent to 2.23 billion euros. While foreign carmakers are required to operate through minority holdings in local joint ventures, suppliers in China have in general been less restricted.

Dongfeng also owns a 14 percent stake in Faurecia’s parent, Peugeot, acquired as part of a 3 billion-euro bailout for the troubled French carmaker last year.

Unlike such carmaking ventures, however, the Faurecia-Dongfeng business will be consolidated in the French company’s accounts, while bringing in new business with Dongfeng and its other partners, Faurecia said.

The venture will manufacture and sell Faurecia interior and exterior parts before expanding to include seating, exhausts and a new joint research and development center at China’s Wuhan automotive hub. Financial terms were not disclosed.

($1 = 0.9272 euros)

Editing by Mark Potter, Greg Mahlich

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