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In what could be called a case of carma, the Chinese plastic supplier that forced Aston Martin to recall about 75 percent of its production since 2007 now says that it has lost about most of its customers and is facing financial ruin. Shenzhen Kexiang Mould Tool Co. produced the accelerator pedal arms for most Aston Martin models out of a counterfeit plastic and may have to close its factory due to the scandal.

Shenzhen Kexiang claims no wrongdoing in the affair, saying the whole matter was caused by Aston Martin not fully understanding its supply chain. Its general manager Zhang Zhi Ang told Automotive News: "This whole situation is caused by Aston Martin." According to the automaker, its supplier, Fast Forward Tooling (HK) of Hong Kong, hired the molder as a sub-contractor to supply the part. Initially, Shenzhen Kexiang claimed to have never been contracted by the Hong Kong company, but later admitted that it wasn't sure if it made the parts because it worked for so many contractors, according to Automotive News.

Aston Martin found that the accelerator arms were produced from a counterfeit form of the DuPont plastic that it had requested for its sports cars. Initially the recall covered 689 2012-2013 vehicles but further research indicated that it went back as far as November 2007 for some models. Aston Martin says it will replace the throttle assemblies on the affected vehicles and that there have been no reported accidents or injuries caused by the counterfeit plastic.


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      BryanGx
      • 9 Months Ago
      I'm sure Aston Martin owners feel great knowing some of the parts on their six-figure cars come from backalley Chinese suppliers.
      jfa1177
      • 9 Months Ago
      This is not an isolated incident. One has to be VERY careful when dealing with the Chinese manufacturing companies. It's way past the time where some of these factories need to be exposed and put out of business.
      Where's the cheese?
      • 9 Months Ago
      Nothing is held to a standard in the Chinese industry. The government doesn't care either. Slide em a few bucks and you could put cyanide in baby food and it'll still get a stamp of approval.
      John Hughan
      • 9 Months Ago
      Wow, the source article on Autonews Europe makes it clear that the plot gets even thicker. Fast Forward Tooling can't be reached either even at its published physical addresses, the accused company didn't exist when some of the affected Astons were produced but maybe it did exist under another name based on a website that the owner claims was made by a former employee?? Doing business in China seems like a strange endeavor....
      tiger
      • 9 Months Ago
      For such small production, it does not seem like it would make financial sense to source parts from China. One would think these cars are 100% "home-made." Especially at the price point.
      Adrian Hosein
      • 9 Months Ago
      OH BOOHOO China, the world could care less about a chinese company going under, but they DO care about Aston Martin as Aston Martin is worth caring about, there, I've said it, we all know it's true, lets not beat around the bush.
      jonnybimmer
      • 9 Months Ago
      "but later admitted that it wasn't sure if it made the parts because it worked for so many contractors," This reason alone is a good enough reason to end the relationship with the supplier. Also, accusing an automotive manufacturer (a business that always deals with multiple suppliers for each product) that's been around decades longer that they don't understand how supply chains work? Really? This is just a supplier with poor business practices that was caught defrauding a well known client and is now looking for excuses; no sympathy for them.
      bK
      • 9 Months Ago
      They're like, why can't we use counterfeit dupont patented plastic? They're cheaper. Its your fault for calling us out.
      cgm9999
      • 9 Months Ago
      Good. This is exactly how the free market is supposed to work.
      Merc1
      • 9 Months Ago
      For some reason I can't feel sorry for them. Just go ahead and fold. M
      Mondrell
      • 9 Months Ago
      Correct me if I'm wrong, but 'failing to understand the supply chain' has nothing to do with failing to honor a client's materials request. Unless Aston was made privy to the counterfeit plastic and approved it (I doubt it; it doesn't make nearly as much sense for an automaker able charge a premium for its product to skimp on parts quality as much as it does a supplier to take shortcuts in order to undercut competitors and bolster profits), Shenzhen Kexiang defrauded them.
      avinash Machado
      • 9 Months Ago
      They should stop behaving like crybaby.
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