Maflow Mexico to supply parts for Volkswagen’s new full-size SUV
Maflow Mexico, a subsidiary of Poland’s largest auto parts manufacturer, Boryszew SA, just started supplying car parts for the Atlas, the new full-size SUV from German giant Volkswagen AG to be released on Spring 2017.
Maflow’s auto pipes production started at the new 4,712-square-meter greenfield plant located in Silao, Guanajuato, where the company invested US$ 13.8 million to manufacture air conditioning parts and assemblies. This production project is expected to run through until 2022.
The Mexican plant, intended to partner primarily with VW, Boryszew’s major global partner, is expected to attract a number of valuable contracts from other car manufacturers in NAFTA markets.
The facility also supplies tubing and assemblies for the Audi Q5 model, which is built at an assembly plant 300 miles south.
“Building and validating the factory itself has succeeded really smoothly. Just as we planned, we have also been implementing the project for Audi for several months. We produce AC wiring for the Audi Q5 model,” said Marek Mroczkowski, Maflow’s managing director in a press release.
Additional land has been set aside at the Silao site, where Maflow initially employed 25, for later capacity expansion.
“We are focusing our efforts on continuous increase of production capacity of Silao plant. Quarter 3  paved the way for key projects for VW — Tiguan, Jetta and Golf models. It will provide us with the expected volumes for VW and Audi,” explained Cezary Pyszkowski, a Boryszew board member responsible for developing the automotive segment.
Boryszew saw its net profits rise strongly during Q3 to US$ 40.6 million, from US$ 26.3 million on the same period last year. Group sales worth US$ 988.7 million for the 2016 quarter decreased from US$ 1.03 billion the same time last year.
With its new plant in Mexico, Maflow now operates 11 production units around the world, the others located in Spain, Italy, France, Brazil, India and China.