thyssenkrupp opens new components industrial park in San Miguel de Allende
The industrial and technology group thyssenkrupp today opened a new production site in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The ceremony was attended by guests from government and industry, including representatives from the economics ministry of the Guanajuato region and the mayor of the city of San Miguel de Allende, Ricardo Villarreal. thyssenkrupp’s new 200,000 square meter plant complex is its first in Mexico to locate two technologies at the same site, producing both cylinder head modules with integrated camshafts and shock absorbers for customers from the automotive industry. It has been built at a total cost of around 100 million euros.
“This investment will create up to 650 new jobs in San Miguel de Allende over the next few years. We will provide continuous further training programs for our employees and a range of apprentice training offers for young people. As a company we also want to get involved in the community and help develop the city and the region,” says Carsten Evers, board member of the thyssenkrupp Group’s components division. For example, thyssenkrupp is currently supporting a reforestation project in the Guanajuato region by providing over 300 indigenous trees and is sponsoring the soccer team of the Universidad Tecnológica de San Miguel de Allende. The company is also supporting local universities with research equipment, presentations and student internships.
“It is a pleasure to celebrate the opening of the new thyssenkrupp site in San Miguel de Allende. 650 new jobs will be created and we are sure that this will increase the attractiveness of the city and the quality of life for a lot of families. We are also sure that thyssenkrupp will be benefitting from being in San Miguel de Allende as well as it is a great place with great people to develop new technologies”, says Zonia Torres, Director of Economic and Tourism Development.
In the coming years, the new plant complex will manufacture over two million components per year. Volume production of shock absorbers for the aftermarket started in October. The production of engine components and production supplies of shock absorbers to major OEMs will commence at the start of 2018. The company has installed state-of-the-art, highly automated manufacturing technology as a further step in the digitization of its production sites.
“Combining the production of two different components at one site will make us more competitive. Shared use of the plant infrastructure, lower administrative expenses and faster implementation of improvement measures in day-to-day production will deliver long-term synergies,” says Evers.
In recent years thyssenkrupp has steadily expanded its production network in Mexico. The company now operates eight facilities for automotive components at seven locations. The product range includes engine and steering components, springs and stabilizers, and the assembly of axle modules. Customers supplied from Mexico include all major OEMs such as Ford, General Motors, Fiat/Chrysler, the VW group, Daimler, BMW, Toyota, Nissan and Mazda. thyssenkrupp is one of the world’s leading suppliers of shock absorbers and assembled camshafts. And under the thyssenkrupp Bilstein brand, the company is also world market leader for shock absorbers in the racing and aftermarket sectors.