French firm Saint Gobain Sekurit broke ground in recent days to build its second automotive glass plant in Mexico, this time at the Industrial Park “Alianza-Derramadero”, in the South-Eastern region of Coahuila.
The manufacturer of components for home decoration and glass for the automotive industry plans to invest US$110 million and create 600 jobs with this project.
A first phase is scheduled to start operations by the third quarter 2018, after a US$ 50 million investment, to manufacture 1 million automotive glass pieces a year.
Once the automotive operation is consolidated the company will invest additional US$ 60 million to add production of floated, tempered and laminated glass, company officials revealed at the breaking ground ceremony.
It's been 10 years since Saint Gobain first started operations in Coahuila manufacturing high-performance plastics at a production site in Ramos Arizpe, less than 10 miles away from where the company acquired 55 hectares to build its second facility.
Saint Gobain currently owns 8 plants in Mexico. Aside from the Ramos Arizpe facility, its Abrasives division operates two plants located in Reynosa and Tijuana.
The company also manufactures automotive glass in Cuautla, Morelos, and owns a residential glass operation in Cuautitlan, State of Mexico.
Other two facilities in Tlaxcala manufacture glass thread for textile applications and a production site for construction materials is located in San Luis Potosi.