TRW Automotive Holdings Corporation, the global leader in automotive safety systems, has announced the opening of a new facility in the state of Queretaro, Mexico, which will produce a range of advanced brake systems.
The 150,000 square foot facility will manufacture mainly hydraulic control units for a variety of electronic stability control systems including TRW’s Slip Control Boost system, which is an integral part of regenerative braking systems in hybrid and electric vehicles. The Mexican plant will also produce brake actuation units including boosters and master cylinders.
“The new braking facility will complement our existing facility in Queretaro and represents a significant investment in advanced braking technologies and manufacturing processes. The plant will be geared to aluminum machining and clean room assembly environments to meet the stringent cleanliness requirements of hydraulic valve assembly,” said Doug DelGrosso, global vice president of braking operations at TRW.
The new plant will begin production near the end of the first quarter in 2012 and will employ 450 people as it will reach full production. TRW’s brake business will primarily be produced at the existing Santa Rosa facility in Mexico, while the new plant will be dedicated to electronic braking and actuation systems.