Canadian-Japanese auto supplier opens plant in Queretaro

Last week ABC Inoac Exterior Systems Inc. opened its first greenfield facility — a $45 million injection molding plant — in central Mexico.

The company, which is a 50-50 venture between ABC Group Inc. of Toronto and Inoac Corp., of Nagoya, Japan, will make exterior trim parts, including spoilers, for General Motors Co., Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., Ford Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. Ltd. at the plant in San Juan del Rio.

The manufacturing area, equipped primarily with Engel presses, covers 188,000 square feet, with another 20,000 square feet for offices.

The plant, ABC Inoac de Mexico SA de CV, 105 miles northwest of Mexico City, becomes the fourth facility operated by ABC Inoac, which formed in 2012. The others — in Toronto, Fremont, Ohio, and Livingston, Tenn. — were existing plants, owned either by ABC or Inoac.