Lighting and electronics components manufacturer Hella has announced the increase of production capacity at its San Jose Iturbide electronics plant this year as the company completed a 50,000-square-foot facility expansion.
Located 155 miles north of Mexico City, the San Jose Iturbide plant produces electronics components for U.S., Mexican, Brazilian and Argentinean customers as well as for export to Europe.
The increase in capacity will allow Hella to speed up production of transmission range sensors and surface-mount technology products. Opened in 2008, the plant has grown to employ over 350 people, with sales having more than doubled in the past two years. Currently the facility operates in a three shift pattern.
Hella produces in Mexico parts like accelerator pedal sensors, vacuum pumps, washer pumps, transmission range sensors, body controllers and surface mount technology subassemblies. Future products may include actuators for turbo applications, grille shutter actuators, steering angle sensors and lighting electronics products.
“Our San Jose Iturbide plant plays an important part in our strategy to meet customers’ needs by manufacturing our products close to their facilities. Mexico has become an important automotive manufacturing center not only to supply North America but also Central and South America,” said Samir Gandhi, managing director, Hella Electronics Mexico.