During a ceremony that was presided by the Governor of Puebla, Mr. Rafael Moreno Valle, and the Under Secretary of Industry and Trade of the Ministry of Economy of the Federal Government, Mr. Rogelio Garza Garza, The Spanish Ambassador in Mexico, Luis Fernández-Cid de las Alas Pumariño and the municipal authorities the Spanish firm Gestamp, world leader in the field of design, development and manufacture of metal components and structural systems for the automotive industry, opened today its second plant in Puebla, Mexico, with an investment of more than 55 million euros.
With this, they are expecting to increase their presence in the country, where during the last three years they’ve had a growth of 136 percent reaching an income of more 336 million euros during 2013.
This second plant in Puebla (Puebla II) has 80,000 square meters in land and 18,000 square meters of production area. The plant has invested in high-end technologies for cold stamping, hot stamping, laser cut and laser welding among others.
Francisco J. Riberas, President and CEO at Gestamp, pointed out the “double relevance of Mexico in the strategic plan of the company as a mainstay for growth towards the self-propulsion market in the United States and motor power in Latin America”.
Riberas stressed “the firmness of the bet Gestamp is making on Mexico, is reflected both on the promised investment on the technological state of the art innovations installed in this second Puebla plant, and in our alliance in America with Mitsui”.
The Japanese conglomerate was represented in the Puebla II ceremony and they are partners in the Gestamp operations in the American perimeter since 2013, which include the markets of Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and the United States.
This new plant is framed in the context of the Mexican automotive industry consolidation as a vehicle exporter and is added to the recent announcements of new assembly plants openings. With the opening of Puebla II the Spanish group reinforces its world leadership as the main world-class supplier of the sector in Mexico of clients such as Volkswagen, Audi, Chrysler, Fiat, Nissan, General Motors, and Freightliner.
Gestamp will increase operations in the Puebla II plant during the next three years, allocating for it an investment of 55 million euros (71 million dollars) more in its second phase and will extend its surface to a total surface of 43,000 square meters.
Gestamp settled in Mexico in 1998 for the first time with a plant in Aguascalientes that began operations in 2001; 4 years later it opened a plant in Puebla and in 2008 it opened its Toluca factory. With the opening of Puebla II Gestamp will have 4 plants in Mexico and shall count 92 plants in the world: 19 located in the Americas, 60 in Europe and 13 in Asia.