In order to expand its South American customer base, TRW Automotive Holdings (TRW), has started production of electric power steering (EPS) at its facilities in Limeira, Brazil.

The manufacturer of brakes, steering and safety systems has already invested manufacturing floor space and high-tech production equipment for the project, and also has plans for additional investment for electronic control units to fully localize Column Drive EPS manufacture for the region. The company expects to make 400,000 units per year and once full capacity is reached to add 170 employees, engineering and other support personnel.

“Creating a regional production base for our South American customers will provide a cost effective source for these fuel-saving and emission reducing technologies as we expand the footprint of EPS for the production of global platforms and make it available to domestic customers,” TRW EVP for sales and business development Peter Lake said.

TRW Automotive’s expansion into South America continues the company’s efforts to bring all of its highly sophisticated product offerings to Brazil and the wider South America region. Two EPS solutions are offered by the company: one is the column drive unit which is mounted on the steering column and the other is the belt drive where the assist power is applied directly to the rack with a belt drive and ball nut mechanism.


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