Tristone Flowtech expands operations in Chihuahua
Frankfurt-based Tristone Flowtech Group GmbH has been preparing for more than a year to add plants in Mexico and India.
Construction of new hose facilities in Pune, India, and Delicias, Mexico, has been completed, and the firm has signed long-term leases for both sites.
The producer of hose used for motor and battery cooling systems as well as air charge and air intake systems, said its new complex in Delicias eventually will replace an existing smaller plant.
With the two structures in place, Tristone is in the process of setting up the plants for production and the addition of new machinery and equipment.
The new facility in Delicias is located just 500 meters from Tristone’s existing factory. The plant is expected to begin producing products by the end of 2016.
Tristone intends to continue operating the old factory until June 2017, when the company plans to close the operation.
It’s currently furnishing the new site with machinery and equipment, at a cost of about $4.5 million.
The facility will have manufacturing and logistical space totaling about 220,600 square feet, which is twice as large as the company’s present factory in the country.
Tristone’s newest Mexican factory primarily will produce engine cooling and battery cooling hose. Next year it also will begin making plastic pipe, said Guenter Froelich, president and CEO, in a official statement.
Like the firm’s other manufacturing plant in Mexico, it will work closely with the company’s sales and engineering operation in Detroit, which was set up by the firm in September 2013 to support its growth in the North American region.
Currently, Tristone employs about 350 at its older factory in Delicias.
Froelich estimated that the number of employees likely will shoot up to 550, based on booked business with all major original equipment manufacturers in the region, including Ford, General Motors Chrysler Volkswagen and BMW.