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ThyssenKrupp building new automotive supply plant in Brazil

ThyssenKrupp has begun construction of a new automotive supply plant in Brazil. In the coming months, a new production facility for assembled cylinder-head modules will be built in Poços de Caldas in the southern Brazilian state of Minas Gerais. ThyssenKrupp is investing around US$55 million in the construction of the plant, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year. Production is scheduled to begin in early 2015. The new plant will be able to produce more than one million modules a year, which ThyssenKrupp will supply to carmakers in Brazil. The new plant will create up to 170 jobs in the coming years
“The construction of our new plant for cylinder-head modules is part of our global growth strategy as a supplier of high-performance components to the automotive industry,” said Dr Karsten Kroos, CEO of the Components Technology business area at ThyssenKrupp. “We are following our customers into the growth markets and playing an active role in shaping the trend for lighter, more economical and more efficient vehicles with our technology,”
The new Brazilian plant for cylinder-head modules with integrated camshafts is the fourth such plant being built or taken into operation around the world by ThyssenKrupp in the last 12 months. The company has already begun manufacturing cylinder-head modules in Dalian, China, and Ilsenburg in Germany last year, while a further plant in Changzhou, China, is to be ramped up later this year. In total, ThyssenKrupp has invested around US$618 million in new production facilities for automotive components worldwide in the last two fiscal years.

6 March 2014


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