GKN Driveline, part of global engineering group GKN plc, has announced further expansion of its presence in Mexico, with the opening of its third precision forge in Celaya.
With an additional investment of US$11.5m, the 28,300 square metre forging facility will produce more than 15m forgings annually and will employ 150 workers when fully operational later this year.
It is the third forge the company has built in Celaya since 1979. Today, GKN Driveline employs 1,700 people at three facilities in Mexico.
“The forge is the beginning of the process for making CVJ Systems. But this growth is not only about forgings, but also in the machining and assembly plants, where we will continue the growth.
Combined with other measures, this will boost its driveshaft-making workforce in Mexico by almost a third from 1,300 to 1,700 over the course of the next year. In all, it plans to invest $100m in the country over the next three years.