Last Friday, German manufacturer and services supplier Robert Bosch GmbH officially broke ground at the Amistad industrial park in the municipality of Apaseo el Grande, Guanajuato, to build its US$120 million plant dedicated to electronic automotive components.
The company plans to open around 1,200 job positions at the 21,000-square-meter facility to manufacture electronic control units (ECUs) for the American market. These are key components for connected mobility and self-driving vehicles.
Ulrich Schricke, Director of the Automotive Electronics Division, said that Mexico is essential for the company to achieve long-term objectives in terms of production, while promoting the economic and sustainable development of the region.
“This plant is a sister of our plant in Juarez, we need more space and that is why we are building the new plant here, the plant in Juarez has reached its limit with more than 4,000 employees, we’re starting the first phase of construction in October with 24,000 square meters of floor production and 11,000 square meters for the logistics center,” said Friedrich Dreler, plant project leader.
It is worth noting that Guanajuato competed with Jalisco, Querétaro, Puebla, and some cities in the United States for this plant. The facility is scheduled to start operations in 2020.
The event was also attended by René Schlegal, President of Bosch Mexico, as well as local and state authorities.