Röchling Automotive Commissions First Plant in Mexico
The plastics specialist Röchling Automotive, Mannheim, Germany, international partner for automobile manufacturers and system suppliers, officially opened its first production site in Mexico. A large number of guests were present as the new spaces, warehouses, and production facilities in Silao, Mexico were commissioned.
According to Georg Duffner, Chief Executive Officer of the Röchling Group, Mexico is becoming increasingly important in the global automotive market. The country is now ranked seventh on the list of vehicle-manufacturing countries and is in fourth place among vehicle-exporting countries. Furthermore, Mexico has developed from a pure automotive producer into a driver of innovation, he added. With its new location in Mexico, Röchling is systematically pursuing its corporate strategy of continuous internationalization and further growth abroad. Its express goal is to be a leading processor of engineering plastics globally, continued Mr. Duffner.
Röchling invested EUR 5.7 million in the construction of the new plant in Silao in the Central Mexican state of Guanajuato. A 9,100-m2 plant was built on a plot measuring nearly 26,000 m2 . 3,900 m2 are used for logistics space and 3,800 for production. 18 people are employed at the location, and this number is set to increase quickly and sharply as production lines commence operations over the coming years.
The new plant was built and the facilities and machinery installed within a period of 14 months. The first production line was already tested and approved in March of this year. The first serial production of this line is an actively controllable air duct system (active grille shutter) for the customer Ford.
As the order situation for the plant in Mexico has developed considerably stronger than was forecast, the management of Röchling is already preparing an expansion of the plant on an adjoining 18,000-m2 plot for the third quarter of this year. As well as the two-component injection molding machines, both of which are already operational and have a clamping force of 1,500 t, a further 13 processing and ancillary systems will be installed. In addition to Ford, Nissan, Audi, and Volkswagen, the plant in Mexico recently acquired BMW, Mercedes, and GM as customers. “We want to expand our partnerships with these customers and also acquire new customers in the areas of underbody, aerodynamics and engine encapsulation, fluid components, and air flow, water and engine management,” said Vincent Mauroit, President and General Manager of Röchling Automotive North America. Annual sales are expected to increase from EUR 14 million this year to approximately EUR 60 million in 2020. (ed.)
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