Panasonic switches production to auto parts at Nuevo Leon facility
A Panasonic plant located in Apodaca, Nuevo Leon, will stop making vacuum cleaners shifting production to car seat warmers and other automotive parts, according to Japanese media.
Only a few of its 500 or so workers are expected to lose their jobs to the change. The Monterrey facility began production in 2000.
Much of the output has gone to Sears department stores under the retail brand. The vacuum cleaner production will move to a facility in Malaysia.
According to the company, vacuum cleaners’ sales are solid, but margins have narrowed as Chinese products have gained presence in the US market.
Production of auto parts is expected to begin in April.