Global automotive supplier Webasto recently celebrated the opening of a new plant in Guanajuato, Mexico. It is the first site dedicated to the company’s charging business in the Americas region and one of three Webasto plants in Mexico, the company says.
Webasto says the Guanajuato plant currently runs three lines that produce charging solutions, and it plans to expand it to eight lines by the end of the year with an output of over 20,000 units per week. More than 140 employees currently support production at the plant, which will increase to 200 by the end of 2023. With a current footprint of 12,000 square meters today, an expansion of another 10,000 square meters is already planned through 2025, the company adds.
“As we continue to accelerate our e-mobility product offerings worldwide, North America presents Webasto [with] big potential,” said Marcel Bartling, member of the Management Board and chief technology officer for Webasto SE. “The opening of a charging plant in the region is another step in executing on our strategy and reinforces our investment in the future.”
Webasto says in recent years it has been producing mobile charging cables at its roof plant in Irapuato, Mexico, located about six kilometers from the new Guanajuato plant. However, as volume and customer demand have increased, the entire charging production has been relocated to the new site, which also offers Webasto ease of expansion moving forward.
“In a relatively short period of time, we’ve been able to establish our foothold in the charging market in North America, and with this plant, we’re positioned to support our customers locally,” said Dirk Hofmann, vice president of operations and quality for Webasto Charging Systems.
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