Austrian manufacturer Voestalpine AG recently started operations in a new cold stamping production site in Aguascalientes, central Mexico.
Voestalpine Automotive Components Aguascalientes S.R.L. is a US$ 30 million just-in-time (JIT) location focused on assembled, complex modules with high added value for the automotive industry.
The company will supply components for the Cooperation Manufacturing Plant Aguascalientes (COMPAS), an assembly facility jointly established between the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Daimler to build Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz cars.
The plant started its first phase of operations with six large highly automated assembly cells with spot welding and gluing. A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled to take place in August.
Once peak production is reached, the facility will have a team of approximately 90 highly qualified employees. A potential second phase will include an expansion within complex assemblies and possible supporting processes.
The Aguascalientes facility is Voestalpine’s first plant in Mexico dedicated exclusively to automotive cold stamping and assemblies. However, the company operates another seven sites in the country.
Two facilities of its Rotec Summo division, located in Nuevo Leon and Zacatecas, are dedicated to the manufacture of tubular components.
The company also operates four plants of its High-Performance Metals division in the states of Nuevo Leon, Queretaro, Puebla and state of Mexico.
In the state of Jalisco, its subsidiary Nortrak-Damy operates a manufacturing plant dedicated to supply railway turnout system solutions.