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New strategic partnership on innovative smart interior surfaces

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors and KOSTAL announced innovative smart interior surfaces collaboration for future vehicles.

Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI) is forming a strategic partnership with KOSTAL, one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers of mechatronic HMI components, with the goal of collaborating on smart interior surfaces. The CEOs of both companies recently signed a memorandum of understanding.

The KOSTAL Group, an independent, family-owned company based in Lüdenscheid, Germany, has a global workforce of 16,000, in 21 countries, on four continents.
KOSTAL develops and produces technologically sophisticated mechatronic modules, switch panels and switches, as well as electronic control units for all major automobile brands globally. The tradition-steeped company operates the business divisions Automotive Electrical Systems, Industrial Electronics, Connectors, Test Technology (SOMA) and Solar Electric.

With this new strategic partnership, both organizations are responding to the market trend toward integrating HMI controls into high-quality surfaces in vehicle interiors.

“As a global leader in the development and production of mechatronic modules and switches for the automotive industry with over 100 years of experience, KOSTAL is the best possible partner in this field,” Johannes Roters, CEO of YFAI said. “The combination of technology and expertise both companies bring to the table provides our customers with many advantages at every link in the value chain.”

“The car interior will undergo an exciting evolution within the next decade. With the cooperation of YFAI and KOSTAL, both partners should be able to extend their offer for their customers and drive the technological change” added Andreas Kostal, Chairman & CEO of the KOSTAL Group.
Both companies see great potential to develop innovative solutions for smart interior surfaces and generate synergies that drive business forward.

From left to right:
Dr. Markus Bergholz, Executive Vice President Business Field Switch Panels/Switches, Andreas Kostal, Chairman & CEO, both KOSTAL-Group and Johannes Roters, CEO, Han Hendriks, Chief Technology Officer, both Yanfeng Automotive Interiors (YFAI)