Webasto Expands Production in Mexico

Sunroof manufacturer Webasto celebrated the opening of its new plant in Irapuato, Mexico on Aug. 20.

Since 2008, the company has produced roofs in Irapuato for various automobile manufacturers with locations in Mexico and Brazil, along with various components for its own plants in the United States, according to a press release.

Due to increased demand in recent years, the company has invested $28 million in building a new, considerably larger location, the company stated.

“Webasto is proud of our continued growth and history in Mexico,” said André Schoenekaes, Webasto U.S. CEO and president. “The opening of our new Irapuato facility is an investment into our company’s future, an investment in the people of Irapuato and the state of Guanajuato. Not only will this expansion strengthen our relationship with Mexico, but it will help us to better collaborate with customers. Their goals become our goals and together we achieve success.”

Construction work on the new site in Irapuato began in March last year and was completed almost 15 months later this past July. The new location is approximately three times larger, and the number of employees is expected to rise from around 460 to 580 within the coming months, according to the company.

In addition to the expanded production capacities for sunroofs and panoramic roofs, the new building also offers space to drive forward region-specific developments for customers.

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