Magna adds high-pressure aluminum casting to Alabama plant

Magna adds high-pressure aluminum casting to Alabama plant

Facility upgrade will supply lightweight components to Nissan, Mercedes, Volkswagen.

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September 11, 2017
Edited by Robert Schoenberger
Aluminum Lightweighting Manufacturing Materials

Aurora, Ontario, Canada – Magna International is adding aluminum casting capabilities at its Kamtek facility in Birmingham, Alabama, to support automotive lightweighting. The Tier 1 supplier invested approximately $60 million to add the 150,000ft2 facility. At full capacity, the expansion has the potential to generate more than 100 jobs.

The aluminum-casting shop will feature high-pressure aluminum casting, a technology that expands Magna’s lightweighting and part-reduction solutions. Traditional steel multi-piece welded assemblies can take upwards of 12 stampings to produce one structural component. High-pressure aluminum casting allows production of full structures in one piece.

"We remain focused on lightweighting to help improve fuel economy while decreasing vehicle emissions over time," says John Farrell, president of Cosma International, Magna's body and chassis operating unit. "The Kamtek expansion demonstrates our dedication to meeting these challenges head-on through leading-edge manufacturing processes that streamline vehicle weight reduction for our customers."

The Kamtek facility employs approximately 850 people and produces structural components for various customers including Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, and Nissan. The new facility will initially produce lightweight aluminum front shock towers for a major global automaker, with additional customers and programs expected in the future.