Swiss chemical company Sika last week announced it has opened a new manufacturing facility in the city of Queretaro, central Mexico to add strength and capacity to its Mexican product supply chain in the automotive sector.
The new plant, which includes an integrated logistics center, manufactures a full range of acoustic treatments and body structural products for the growing number of Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) assembly and component makers located in the country.
The company’s Mexican subsidiary Faist ChemTec, acquired by Sika at the start of 2018, will also be integrated into the new facility. Both the amount of investment and the job positions opened in the new plant remain undisclosed.
In a statement, the company highlighted that the Mexican automotive market has grown by 25% in the last four years, and an estimated 4 million vehicles will be produced in the country in 2018. “This growth is being driven by the significant number of key players in the OEM market who are investing in increasing production capacity. Mexico is a top automotive manufacturing location and will soon become the sixth largest car manufacturer in the world, catching up with South Korea,” stated the document.
According to the company, more than 50 million vehicles produced worldwide are built every year using Sika’s adhesives, reinforcer systems, and acoustic treatments. Its high performing SikaBaffle, SikaDamp, and SikaReinforcer technologies are used in the vehicle assembly process for acoustic sealing and damping applications to reduce airborne and structure borne noise levels in vehicles, and to structurally reinforce vehicle body shells and components for enhanced crash durability.
“Our location in Queretaro is strategically located in the middle of the customer network we support in Mexico. This means we are close to the many vehicle and component manufacturing facilities already established in Mexico, as well as the new plants coming on line. As the market grows, so do we, continually adding value and support for our customers. The site is also home to one of our large construction materials plants, which gives the added advantage of a shared infrastructure and logistics network,” said Thomas Hasler, Head Industry at Sika.