The ZKW Group officially commissioned the third expansion phase of the Mexican plant in Silao with an additional 15,700 square metres during a grand opening ceremony on 29 November 2023. At the same time, the ground-breaking ceremony was held for the next expansion phase, which will create a total of around 7,000 square metres of additional production space and 1,100 new jobs by 2025. According to the company, it is investing more than 100 million euros in Silao with the third plant expansion. "With the expansion, we are increasing production capacity and creating around 2,000 new jobs in order to manufacture innovative lighting systems for customers in the strategically important NAFTA economic region", explains Dr Wilhelm Steger, CEO of ZKW Group GmbH.
ZKW has been manufacturing high-quality headlights for premium car manufacturers such as BMW, Ford Lincoln, General Motors, Mercedes Benz, Nissan Infiniti, Volkswagen and Volvo in Silao since 2016. The company currently employs 1,658 people in Mexico, who produce high-quality lighting systems for numerous car manufacturers in the USA and Mexico. From 2025, headlights and centre lights for VW and GM are to be produced in Silao. North America is a strategically important market for ZKW, which could be the second largest in the world by 2028, accounting for around 30 per cent of sales. "The long-term goal is to further strengthen ZKW's growth strategy, especially for the USMCA market. By 2026, ZKW México plans to produce around 4.5 million headlights per year with up to 4,000 employees", explains Dominique Boulegue, General Plant Manager ZKW México.
Highly modern production
ZKW México uses modern technologies and machines (such as plastic injection moulding systems, hard coating and painting systems, anti-fog and metal vapour deposition machines) to produce complete headlamps, as well as cover lenses, optical lenses and electronic components for lighting systems. With the third expansion phase, ZKW is increasing its production capacity in Silao by 1.2 million headlamps.
More information: zkw-group.com
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