Interior JV: Teething Problems of a Manufacturing Operation in China
In 2006, European automotive supplier Interior Group and China-based China Textile established Interior JV, a joint venture in China to produce seat covers for automakers manufacturing in China. After a slow start, the joint venture began to secure orders and was moving towards a breakeven point. Nonetheless, it was still faced with teething problems, especially in product development time, internal quality and on-time delivery. Though Interior JV had adopted many processes that were used by its European mother company, operating in the foreign environment of an emerging market continued to pose challenges for the joint venture. Now Interior JV must address these problems in order to stay on top of the game.