Shanghai-Based Auto Supplier, Yanfeng, to Lay Off 355 from Detroit Area Assembly Plants Starting in January


Yanfeng Automotive Interiors recently filed two Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) reports to the Michigan Workforce Development Agency, indicating it will be laying off 355 employees starting in January.

The vast majority, 345 employees, will be let go from the company’s facility in Highland Park, Michigan. The permanent layoffs include 20 salaried positions, 207 hourly union positions, and 118 third-party contract positions. The layoffs will occur no sooner than January 20, 2018, and will continue through March 30, 2018.

Yanfeng blamed the layoffs on a loss of business.

On November 27, the auto supplier announced it will be permanently laying off 10 employees from its plant in Lansing, Michigan. The terminations will occur no earlier than January 28, 2018, and wrap up on February 11. The layoffs are a result of customer business being transferred to other facilities.


Yanfeng is a joint venture between the automotive interior operations of Johnson Controls International PLC (NYSE:JCI), known as Adient PLC (NYSE:ADNT), and Shanghai, China-based Yanfeng. The company operates around 110 manufacturing plants and technical centers in 20 countries.

As one of the world’s largest automotive parts suppliers, the company also supplies instrument panels and cockpit systems, door panels, floor consoles, overhead consoles, lighting, and decorative trim.



Yanfeng WARN Notice,” Michigan Workforce Development Agency, November 20, 2017.

Yanfeng WARN Notice,” Michigan Workforce Development Agency, November 27, 2017.

Our Business,” Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, last accessed November 29, 2017.