“We have been operating in China for more than 20 years and the opening our new facility in Dandong is another example of our long term commitment to serve our global and local customers in China,” said Dinesh C. Paliwal, the Company’s Chairman, President and CEO. “The facility in Dandong will continue HARMAN’s tradition of developing products and technologies tailored for the specific needs of our customers. Dandong’s robustinfrastructure, skilled workforce and government support, coupled with HARMAN’s technology leadership and expertise, gives us the confidence in delivering the best value in manufacturing services to our customers worldwide.”
Dandong is the fourth Chinese city to house a HARMAN facility, as the company maintains manufacturing and R&D operations in Shanghai, Suzhou and Shenzhen, and employs more than 1,200 people in China. The company’s expanded investment plan follows its successful participation as a supplier and sponsor to the 2010 Shanghai World Expo, landmark audio installations at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and recent China National Day Celebration. HARMAN serves numerous automotive and professional audio customers in China, and wasPlatinum Sponsor for the 2011 Miss Universe China Pageant. China’s legendary musician Professor Liu Huan serves as the ambassador for HARMAN’s iconic JBL and Harman Kardon brands.
HARMAN designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of audio and infotainment solutions for the automotive, consumer and professional markets – supported by 15 leading brands, including AKG, Harman Kardon, Infinity, JBL, Lexicon and Mark Levinson. The company is admired by audiophiles across multiple generations and supports leading professional entertainers and the venues where they perform. More than 20 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and infotainment systems. HARMAN has a workforce of about 12,000 people across the Americas, Europe and Asia, and reported sales of $4.0 billion for the 12 months ended September 30, 2011. The company’s shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE: HAR.