Ohio-based manufacturer Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and its subsidiary Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC (BSFB) announced they will open a new Engineering Research and Development Center in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, later this year in order to expand their global engineering capabilities.
The 7,800-square-foot Center, located within an existing building at the Research and Technological Innovation Park (PIIT for its acronym in Spanish), will further expand the North American presence of Bendix, which operates facilities in the United States, Mexico, and Canada.
Bendix is a North American leader in the development and manufacture of active safety, air management and braking system technologies for commercial vehicles. BSFB is a joint venture between Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products, LLC.
“Our legacy and our future are built on the innovation and expertise of our engineering advancements,” said in a statement Richard Beyer, vice president – engineering and R&D at Bendix. “No matter their geography, the members of our talented engineering team will continue working together to maintain a strong and hands-on relationship aimed at bolstering our existing expertise and long-term strategic impact.”
Construction of offices and test labs in Monterrey is under way, with an eye on completion in the third quarter. The amount of investment and the jobs figure to be opened with this project remain undisclosed.
Bendix’s headquarters in Elyria will remain the company’s engineering and R&D leadership hub. The company also maintains engineering operations in Acuña, Coahuila; Irvine, California; Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Vancouver, British Columbia.
“From globalization to the rapid-fire introduction of complex technologies and more, the commercial vehicle industry is changing as never before. More than one-third of today’s commercial tractors and trailers are built in Mexico, and that percentage is rising,” Beyer said.
“This expansion of our engineering footprint will enable us to expand our North American presence to be even closer to our customers, and further enhance our overall level of support.”
Beyer noted that the Monterrey area is home to several universities known for technical expertise, strong R&D partnerships, and a significant percentage of graduates in the areas of engineering and manufacturing.
Mexico has been a vital part of Bendix’s business for 30 years, dating to the establishment of its first manufacturing operations in Acuña in 1988.