Feb. 4, 2015
ThyssenKrupp Materials Expands in Mexico
ThyssenKrupp Materials NA is expanding its blanking operations in Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico, with a $20 million investment that will add nearly 55,000 square feet and a new aluminum and carbon steel blanking line at the facility. TKMNA expects to complete the expansion project by the fourth quarter.
“This expansion is important to our business as it positions us as the first Mexico-based facility to offer both aluminum and advanced high-strength steel configured blanking capabilities for our customers,” says Christian Dohr, president and CEO of TKMNA. “Once complete, it will also benefit the Silao community, adding 35 full time positions to the facility.”
The expansion centers on a new Schuler blanking line with the ability to process both aluminum and carbon steel, addressing the auto industry’s need to use lighter-weight aluminum in place of other materials for specific automotive applications.
The line will process carbon steel for exposed and unexposed automotive applications, including high-strength steel up to 1,500 MPa of tensile strength.
The new blanking line and expanded facility will increase the processing capacity of the Silao plant by nearly 70 percent, to 270,000 metric tons per year.
“Mexico is a key area for investment and opportunity for our business, especially as it relates to the country’s growing automotive manufacturing presence,” says Joachim Limberg, CEO, business area material services of ThyssenKrupp AG. “The ability to process both aluminum and carbon steel blanks on the same line will allow us to react and provide solutions to the materials and service demands of our customers much more quickly.”
The company recently broke ground on a newly acquired 3.7-acre piece of land adjacent to the existing facility.