Joyson Safety Systems
Joyson Safety Systems (JSS), formerly known as Key Safety Systems (KSS), is a Chinese-owned company that develops and manufactures automotive safety systems. The company is a result of the merger between KSS and Takata Corporation after KSS acquired Takata. The company headquarters is in Auburn Hills, Michigan, in the United States. Joyson Safety Systems chose Macedonia in 2014 for its production expansion in Europe. The size of the investment is worth €15 million, and the company will initially begin with the production of airbag cushions and modules.
The global supplier of advanced automotive safety-critical components and systems started operating in an existing facility in Kicevo as a brownfield investment in 2015, and from 2016 continued production in a greenfield facility in the Kicevo free zone with an area of 13,600m².
JSS is owned by Ningbo Joyson Electronic, and is described as a “Chinese automotive conglomerate” that acquired Key Safety Systems in 2016. The company is a world leader in the design, development, and manufacture of inflators, airbags, steering wheels, and seat belts. Globally, they have an international network of 34 sales, design, and manufacturing facilities employing approximately 50,000 people worldwide.
At the start of the 2018 calendar year, 1,426 people were employed in the Kicevo free zone, and this figure is projected to reach up to 2,000 people.