Stockdorf/Irapuato – August 22, 2019 – Webasto, one of the Top 100 automotive suppliers worldwide, celebrated the opening of its new plant in Irapuato on August 20. Since 2008, the company has produced roofs in Irapuato for various automobile manufacturers with locations in Mexico and Brazil. Webasto also produces components for its own plants in the USA there. Due to increased demand in recent years, the company has invested 40 million euros in building a new, considerably larger location. At the opening ceremony, Dr. Holger Engelmann, Chairman of the Management Board, Webasto SE stated, "Mexico is an essential location for the automotive industry in North and South America. This applies to us as well because we are close to our customers all over the world. The capacity expansion in Irapuato is an investment in the future, for we see further long-term growth in Mexico despite the currently tense economic situation."
Construction work on the new site in Irapuato had begun in March 2018 and was completed after almost 15 months in July 2019. At 35,000 square meters, the new location is approximately three times larger than the previous one. The number of employees is expected to rise from currently around 460 by about a quarter to 580 within the next months. In addition to the expanded production capacities for sunroofs and panoramic roofs, the new building also offers space to drive forward region-specific developments for customers.
At the opening of the new location Engelmann and Webasto US CEO and President André Schönekäs, responsible for the Americas region at Webasto, and Plant Manager Jesus Aleman welcomed the Sub Secretary of Investments of the Sustainable Economic Development, Alejando Hernandez Fonsesca, Irapuato Mayor Ricardo Ortiz Gutierrez, Deputy Mayor of Irapuato Luis Ernesto Ayala Martinez and German Honorary Consul Monika Von Allwörden de Orozco. In addition, all employees of the site were invited to the event.