SEOUL-- Hyundai Mobis Co., South Korea's biggest auto parts maker by sales, has opened a product quality control center in Dubai to strengthen services for customers in the Middle East and Africa, the company said Wednesday.

The Dubai center is Hyundai Mobis' fifth overseas quality control facility following those set up in the United States, China, India and Europe. The parts maker has production facilities in the other four regions, although not in Dubai, the company said in a statement.

The number of vehicles made by Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. on the streets of Middle Eastern and African countries stands at around 5.1 million, which makes the region the fourth-biggest market after China, the U.S., and Europe. That is why Hyundai Mobis has built the quality control center in Dubai, it said.

Hyundai Motor, Kia and Hyundai Mobis are all major affiliates of Hyundai Motor Group, the world's fifth-biggest carmaker by sales.

Hyundai Mobis plans to operate quality control centers in Russia and Australia, depending on sales performances in these markets, the statement said.

Source: Yonhap News Agency