Juárez, Mexico – FCA subsidiary Magneti Marelli plans to add 400 employees in Juárez, Mexico, to add an assembly operation for LED modules for its Automotive Lighting division.
This enlargement of production of advanced lighting technologies is aimed at satisfying high technology applications and customer needs in NAFTA, in which the LED technology penetration for front lighting is expected to grow from approximately 20% in 2016 to approximately 50% in 2020.
Juárez LED operation will start with 115 employees and grow to nearly 400 people by the end of 2017.
The Juárez production site, which started to produce headlamps in 1997 is one of Magneti Marelli's largest plants with over 3,000 employees producing various lighting products. It manufactures head lamps, tail lamps, rear appliques, and various electronic modules.
Juárez has a strategic position to serve the automotive production hubs in the US of carmakers such as BMW, Daimler, Ford, FCA, GM, Honda, Kia, Nissan, and VW/Audi.
The use of LED-equipped daytime running lights (DRL) makes a significant contribution to a proper energy balance, since 75% of the total driving distance in the world is covered during the daytime. DRLs with LED technology offer an energy consumption of 14W per vehicle. When regular low beams are used instead, energy consumption is approximately 300W.
The main advantage offered by white LEDs lies in the color of their light, which is also known as the color temperature. Reaching approximately 6,000° Kelvin, the intensity of their light is just about the same as the quality of daylight. The human eye perceives the road and the edge of the roadway at night in their natural color, and can distinguish contrasts much more easily.
Source: Magneti Marelli SpA