Michigan-based manufacturer Cooper Standard builds US$ 11 million plant in Aguascalientes
To localize elastomer mixing capabilities and support continued growth in Mexico, Michigan-based manufacturer Cooper Standard celebrated the groundbreaking of its new 100,000 square-foot mixing facility at the FINSA industrial park in the city of Aguascalientes, in Central Mexico.
“The opening of our new in-house mixing facility in Mexico is an important step in our overall localization strategy to support the volume growth in the region,” said Bill Pumphrey, president, North America, Cooper Standard. “With localized state-of-art mixing, we are able to provide complete vertical integration of critical rubber compounds to our facilities throughout Mexico.”
The new facility, which is the company’s second production site in Aguascalientes, represents an US$ 11 million investment, to supports the its mission to accelerate innovation while delivering world-class quality with speed and efficiency.
It is expected that the facility will begin operations in early 2019 and ultimately employ about 100 employees at full capacity.
With this addition, Cooper Standard will operate 14 rubber mixing facilities around the world with locations in Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Mexico and United States.
Headquartered in Novi, Michigan, Cooper Standard is a global supplier of systems and components for the automotive industry. Products include rubber and plastic sealing, fuel and brake lines, fluid transfer hoses and anti-vibration systems.
The company operates manufacturing plants in Torreon and Saltillo, Coahuila; two sites in Juarez, Chihuahua; two in Guaymas, Sonora; one in Atlacomulco, State of Mexico and the Aguascalientes facility.
Its customer portfolio in the automotive sector includes Ford, General Motors, Volkswagen, Nissan, Toyota, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover and Daimler, among others.