Autoneum inaugurates second plant in Mexico, breaks ground for a third

As Switzerland-based auto supplier Autoneum inaugurated its second plant in Mexico last week, company officials laid the foundation stone simultaneously for a second production facility in San Luis Potosi and the third one all over the country.

Underfloor systems, carpets and heatshields will be produced on the third plant for German, US-American and Japanese OEMs starting on 2018. In addition, Autoneum will be opening a sales and engineering office in Mexico City in order to guarantee optimum customer and supplier care.

With the commissioning of its third plant in Mexico, Autoneum has significantly expanded its local presence and in doing so responded to the rising demand for its lightweight noise and heat protection components in cars. 

From early 2017, carpet systems, inner dashes and floor insulators will be produced at the second plant in San Luis Potosi, around 400 kilometers northwest of Mexico City. 

The inner dashes and floor insulators convince not only with their acoustic performance and low weight but also thanks to their high share of recycled materials with environmental friendliness, the company said in a press release. 

From the plant measuring 27,000 square meters, Autoneum will supply US-American and German OEMs producing locally for the North American market. 

Autoneum is already represented in Mexico in addition to the plant in San Luis Potosí with a manufacturing location in Hermosillo, Sonora, and via its subsidiary UGN with a plant in Silao, Guanajuato.

As well as the locational benefits that Mexico offers due to its NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) membership, the country’s automobile market also convinces on a global comparison thanks to its growth momentum: In 2015, 3.4 million light vehicles were produced, with an increase to around five million vehicles expected for 2020.

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