SHANDONG, CHINA-Ann Arbor, MI-based Affinia Group Inc. has begun construction of a 220,000-square-foot filter manufacturing facility in Longkou City here. The company is a manufacturer of automotive parts for aftermarket sales. The construction cost of the new plant was not released. 

The company is expanding upon a joint venture with Haimeng, one of the world’s largest drum and rotor manufacturers. Affinia and Zhang Haibo, president of Haimeng, entered into an 85% Affinia-owned joint venture agreement in 2008 for the manufacture of drum and rotor components. This new filtration center will also be 85% owned by Affinia, and will be located near Haimeng’s existing one-million-square-foot manufacturing facilities.

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