Tenneco’s OE suspension plant in Changzhou marks five consecutive years of growth


Tenneco’s suspension business is celebrating five years of consecutive growth at its facility in Changzhou, China, which manufactures Monroe-branded OE suspension products.

The plant was first established in 2018, and then expanded in 2021 to become China’s first domestic electronic suspension supplier when it launched Monroe Intelligent Suspension CVSAe electronic dampers on the ZEEKR 001 premium electric shooting brake from Zhejiang Geely Holding Group.

Today the Changzhou plant is one of China’s largest automotive damper manufacturing sites, with 900 team members and a combined annual capacity of 18 million Monroe OE Solutions passive dampers and Monroe Intelligent Suspension CVSAe electronic dampers.

In May, the Changzhou plant produced its one-millionth CVSAe electronic damper. Developed by Tenneco’s Advanced Suspension Technologies (AST) business, CVSAe dampers are featured in more than 75 popular vehicle models in Europe, China and other regions. The largest customer for CVSAe technology in China is Li Auto, a Beijing-based premium electric vehicle manufacturer.

Tenneco engineers in the Changzhou facility working on damper designs

In addition to electronic dampers, the Changzhou facility produces millions of mono- and dual-tube passive dampers annually, marketed under the Monroe OE Solutions brand. These passive suspension units are supplied to around 25 OE customers in 66 locations, including General Motors, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and Audi.

“The impressive, continued growth of our Changzhou operations reflects increased demand in China and worldwide for Monroe Intelligent Suspension and Monroe OE Solutions dampers and related technologies,” said Steven Wu, VP and general manager, APAC ride control, Tenneco.

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