Leoni AG, a Germany-based manufacturer of cables and cable systems for the automotive sector opened a new -environment friendly- wiring systems plant in the city of Merida, which will serve customers headquartered in Asia and the U.S. Leoni is recruiting about 2,600 people for the new location.
“The new plant in Merida is a clear sign of our dynamic growth in the Americas”, stated Martin Stüttem, Member of the Board of Directors of Leoni AG with responsibility for the Wiring Systems Division (WSD). “We are the first foreign investor to build up a production facility involving such a high number of industrial jobs in the Yucatan region.”
The now inaugurated plant in Merida is Leoni’s third site for wiring systems in Mexico and its fifth location in the country overall since the Wire & Cable Solutions Division also operates two sites. The Wiring Systems Division already operates locations in Hermosillo and Durango, which produce wiring harnesses for commercial vehicles and passenger cars.
The production scope in Merida comprises harnesses for a series of passenger car models from a U.S.-based customer and a manufacturer from Asia. Today, Leoni employs about 500 people in the new facility. In 2018, when the plant will run at full capacity, the company expects to count up to 2,600 staff. The new location has a total production area of approximately 25,000 square-meters.
By the end of 2017, the plant will be equipped with more than 1,500 solar panels, which will provide approximately one third of the total energy required. Moreover, the location in Merida uses a water recycling system, resulting in a daily reduction of needed fresh water of almost 100,000 liters.
All these measures are part of the BREEAM certification process, which Leoni is going through, one of the world’s leading sustainability assessment methods for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings.