Webasto triples size of Mexico plant

Webasto triples size of Mexico plant

11-year-old facility replaced with much larger one as demand for automotive components rises.

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Irapuato, Mexico – Tier 1 automotive supplier Webasto opene its new plant in Irapuato, Mexico. Since 2008, the company has produced roofs in Irapuato for various automobile manufacturers in Mexico and Brazil.

The company also produces components for its own plants in the U.S. Due to increased demand in recent years, the company has invested $28 million in a new, considerably larger location.

At the opening ceremony, Webasto U.S. CEO and President André Schoenekaes stated, “The opening of our new Irapuato facility is an investment into our company's future, an investment in the people of Irapuato and the state of Guanajuato. Not only will this expansion strengthen our relationship with Mexico, but it will help us to better collaborate with customers. Their goals become our goals and together we achieve success.”

Irapuato is in Mexico’s Bajio region, home to dozens of automotive and automotive component facilities. Nearby Queretaro and Guanajuato are home to the bulk of the country’s automotive industrial production base.

Construction on the new site in early 2018. At 35,000m2, the new location is approximately 3x larger than the previous one. The number of employees is expected to rise from around 460 to 580 within the next months. In addition to the expanded production capacities for sunroofs and panoramic roofs, the new building also offers space to drive forward region-specific developments for customers.