Dana’s Presence in China

Dana is a world leader in the supply of driveline products (axles, driveshafts, and transmissions), power technologies (sealing and thermal-management products), and genuine service parts for light-, heavy-duty, and off-highway vehicle manufacturers. Dana's Asia-Pacific regional headquarters is located in Shanghai, China.

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Dana China Footprint

Dana in China Footprint

Through several local, wholly owned and joint venture companies, Dana brings world class technologies tailored for the China and Asia-Pacific market from our regional headquarters in Shanghai, China.

1. Shenyang Spicer - A joint-venture company between ROC Spicer (a partnership between Dana and the Yulon Group) and Jinbei Auto Car, supports a broad range of local and regional customers with both globally and locally designed propshafts and components.
Key product: Propshafts and Axles

2, 3. Dongfeng Dana Axle Co., Ltd. (DDAC) - A joint-venture company between Dana and Dongfeng Commercial Vehicle Co., Ltd, engineers and manufacturers globally recognized world-class commercial vehicle products for the medium- and heavy-duty truck and bus markets.
Key product: Axles

4. Dana China Technology Center - Dana's technology center in Wuxi provides advanced product and application engineering through research, design, development, and testing of off-highway axles, driveshafts, and transmissions; commercial vehicle driveshafts; light-duty axles and driveshafts; and sealing and thermal-management products, including electric-vehicle battery coolers.
  • Dana Wuxi Technologies Company - Dana’s wholly owned operation in China manufacturing axles and transmissions for the off-highway markets and oil coolers to supports the automotive market.
    Key product: Axles and Oil Coolers
5. Dana Management (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. – AP Headquarters

6. Fujan Spicer - Wholly owned by ROC Spicer and provides a variety of customers in China with drive axles for the automotive and light-commercial vehicle markets.
Key product: Axles and Differentials

Dana History

In 1904, an engineering student named Clarence Spicer left Cornell University to launch a new business in the vacant corner of a New Jersey factory.

While still a student, Spicer had earned a patent for his groundbreaking design of the first practical universal joint to power an automobile. Spicer's innovation would quite literally unchain the automobile, which had previously relied on chain-and-sprocket drives to transmit power. But at its outset, his new venture was a decidedly bold step.

A talented engineer and inventor, Spicer had neither business nor manufacturing experience. And although the automobile was destined to become a global institution, its future was still far from certain at the turn of the 20th century.

It was from these uncertain beginnings that Dana Incorporated emerged as one of the world's most influential automotive suppliers. Founded on Spicer's designs, and fueled by the business acumen of attorney, politician, and financier Charles Dana, the company proceeded to expand its product array, technological expertise, and geographic scope throughout the century. Along the way, Dana also fostered a progressive, people-oriented culture that has added a unique dimension to the products and services the company provides.

Building on these strengths, Dana Holding Corporation products have helped to drive history's greatest vehicles - from the Model T and the World War II-era Jeep®, to London taxicabs, 18-wheel rigs, giant earth-moving machines, and every car on the NASCAR® racing circuit.

Dana's presence in China dates to 1991 and includes 10 sales, engineering, and manufacturing facilities where Spicer® drivetrain products, Long® thermal products, and Victor Reinz® sealing products for the automotive, commercial-vehicle and off-highway markets are produced.

Well into its second century, Dana continues to build on this proud heritage. Dana people continue their passionate pursuit of innovation. And the company continues to deliver on its commitment to advancing the science of mobility for the benefit of its global customers.

Clarence Spicer

Clarence Spicer, a 29-year old engineering student from Edelstein, Ill., leaves Cornell University to manufacture universal joints in Plainfield, N.J. Within two years, customers include Buick, Wayne, Mack, Olds, Stevens-Duryea, American Motor Car, Diamond T, and E.R. Thomas.

Charles Dana

Charles Dana, 1930s. In 1914, Dana joined Spicer Universal Joint Manufacturing Company, bringing his business expertise and capital to the growing company. In 1916, he was named president, and in 1948 he became chairman of the board.

Rui Ma

  • Proven drivetrain designs customized to deliver optimized blend of product features, performance, dependability, and cost


  • Engineered and built in China for China, and supported by Dana China Technical Center in Wuxi


  • Offering the same high quality and reliability with Spicer, and satisfying the China market needs


  • Solutions reduce vehicle downtime, extend the working life of vehicles, improve operator comfort, and increase overall productivity


  • Robust supply chain, testing, and manufacturing requirements


  • A good practice for other emerging markets


Dana China Technology Center

Dana's technology center in Wuxi provides advanced product and application engineering through research, design, development, and testing of off-highway axles, driveshafts, and transmissions; commercial vehicle driveshafts; light-duty axles and driveshafts; and sealing and thermal-management products, including electric-vehicle battery coolers.

Dana China Distribution Center

Dana’s China distribution center, located in Wuxi, Jiangsu Province, China, serves as a hub to provide parts for Dana’s light-vehicle, commercial-vehicle, and off-highway customers. Opened in 2012 to increase product availability, improve delivery times, and provide additional support to a growing number of aftermarket customers, the center represents an expansion of Dana’s global service network, providing essential logistical support and greater product distribution efficiency.