Chassis Brakes International moves forward with opening plant in Mexico and new R&D center in the Netherlands
Amsterdam, Netherlands (December 20th, 2016) — Chassis Brakes International, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of automotive braking solutions, announces today the opening of a new plant in Mexico as well as the establishment of a « brake-by-wire solutions » R&D center in the Netherlands.
Chassis Brakes International expands its global footprint to Mexico to serve the North American Market.
The new plant is estimated to be ready for production with first samples out in the second quarter of 2017 and start of production in April of 2018. It will be located in Queretaro, a city that hosts a cluster of automotive companies.
The plant occupies 6,300 square meters of manufacturing space, with the potential to increase the footprint by an additional 12,000 square meters in the future.
More than 250 jobs would be created by 2020.
The new plant is expected to reach a production capacity of up to 9,200 brakes per day in 2020.
Dennis Berry, President Americas of Chassis Brakes International, said “Following the creation of Chassis Brakes International USA Inc. in January 2015, this new step underlines our commitment to support all our customers in North America as well as it shows the company’s strong willingness to grow in NAFTA in all vehicle segments.”
Chassis Brakes International will establish in 2017 a new R&D center dedicated to the development of future braking solutions: “brake-by-wire solutions”.
This competence center will be located at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, Netherlands, known for its start-up culture as well as its software and electromechanical competences which will allow the Group to build a solid expertise in the brake-by-wire solutions.
Thomas Wünsche, CEO of Chassis Brakes International, said “With the automotive market driving towards car electrification and autonomous driving, our “brake-by-wire solutions” center will strengthen, in combination with our R&D center in Drancy, France, our innovation power to design new products and thus to support our customers in developing the vehicles of tomorrow.”
About Chassis Brakes International
Chassis Brakes International is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of automotive braking solutions. Its products – disk brakes, drum brakes, electro-mechanical parking brakes and rotors – are dedicated to passenger cars and light commercial vehicles.
Chassis Brakes International benefits from a strong expertise gained throughout more than 90 years in the foundation brakes industry under different banners. Since June 2012, the Group has been part of KPS Capital Partners, LP portfolio companies.
Chassis Brakes International has a global footprint with operations in Europe, Asia, South Africa, North and South America. The Group employs 5,500 people in 16 countries at 13 manufacturing sites and 10 engineering centers or sales offices.
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