• AISIN Group Establishes Aftermarket Company in Panama

    Aftermarket growth in the Americas continues for Global Tier One

    NORTHVILLE, Michigan, USA, June 27, 2019 – Aisin World Corp. of America (AWA), Northville, Mich., USA, a consolidated subsidiary of Aisin Seiki Co. Ltd, announced today that it has entered into a joint venture with Leon Import, S.A. (Leon), an Aftermarket import and sales company located in Panama’s Colon Free Trade Zone, to establish Aisin Sales Latin America S.A. (ASLA). The new company became official on June 25, 2019, and will serve customers in the Central and South American and Caribbean markets.

    In August, 2018, AISIN Group launched its Aftermarket Virtual Company to expand its business. The group plans to double its Aftermarket sales of FY 2018 to 80 Billion JPY by FY 2022 by expanding and strengthening its global Aftermarket structure. ASLA is part of that plan and follows a capital and business connection agreement in Thailand in March, 2019, and establishment of an Aftermarket sales company in Shanghai in April, 2019.

    AWA and Leon will consolidate their sales activities in the new company to build an effective framework to provide products and service to existing customers, and expand the business in new markets. And, as a result of its location near the Central, South American and Caribbean markets, the new company will plan the products fulfilling the local needs by timely collaboration between AWA and the Aftermarket division of Aisin Seiki.

    ASLA will launch a new distribution center and several “Aisin Shops” in countries where additional opportunities exist to shorten the delivery lead time and to improve service. ASLA will be led by Scott Turpin, who is also president and CEO of AWA. Turpin said the joint venture between Aisin and Leon has been in the planning stages since August, 2018, shortly after the AISIN Group Aftermarket VC was created.

    “AWA has more than 25 years of experience with Javier Chiang and Leon Import, S.A., which is one of our original Latin American customers,” said Turpin. “Having a warehouse in Panama allows us to serve customers much faster than shipping from California and will also allow us to expand our customer base. AWA and Leon Import are proven, strategic partners, and we look forward to continued growth and success together.”

    Turpin added that ASLA is the latest addition in the company’s growing Aftermarket strategy in the Americas. Last November, AWA opened a new 54,000 square foot Aftermarket warehouse facility near Nashville, Tennessee, which provides service to Midwest and East Coast customers, previously managed from AWA’s warehouse in Los Angeles, California.

    Company Information

    1. Name
    Aisin Sales Latin America S.A.
    2. Location
    The Colon Free Zone, Republic of Panama
    3. Capital fund
    500,000 USD (About 57,000,000 JPY)
    4. Investment ratio
    Aisin World Corp. of America 70 %, Leon Import 30%
    5. President
    Scott Turpin
    6. Products
    Automotive aftermarket products
    7. Established
    June 2019
    8. Number of Employees
    17 (as of establishment, including current personnel)

    Aisin Sales Latin America S.A. was launched at a ceremony on June 25, 2019, in Panama. Scott Turpin, center, is president of the new company, a joint venture between Aisin World Corp. of America and Leon Import, S.A.

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