American Axle ( AXL) broke ground on a plant in Jiangsu Province, China. The Detroit-based company acquired land-use rights for about 30 acres in an industrial park in the city of Changshu, where it plans to construct a 180,000-square-foot plant for making highly engineered driveline systems. This new facility will manufacture independent rear drive axles, power transfer units, integrated oil pan front axle module and driveshafts for several customers, including SsangYong Motors, Beijing Benz DaimlerChrysler and General Motors ( GM), the company said. "We are extremely pleased to celebrate the ground breaking for AAM's first regional manufacturing operation here in Changshu, China," said the company. "China and Asia represent a large and growing market that we intend to serve with AAM's latest technology products, processes and systems."