Fagor Ederlan will start up two new “Low Pressure Aluminium Casting” plants

One of them in San Luis Potosí (Mexico) and the second in Bergara (Gipuzkoa). The investments to undertake both projects amount to €85 million. 300 new jobs will be created.
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May 06, 2016

Fagor Ederlan will soon have 4 component manufacturing plants using low pressure aluminium die casting technology. In addition to those existing in Mondragon and Kunshan, (China), will be added the plant that is being built in Mexico and a fourth which is located in Bergara, Gipuzkoa.

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Fagor Ederlan Mexico

Construction began last October in the Mexican city of San Luis Potosí and it will go into operation this year. Fagor Ederlan Mexico S.A. de C.V., will be Grupo Ederlan’s second plant in Mexico, along with the automotive iron component machining plant, GIS Ederlan S.A. de C.V., result of a joint venture that Ederlan signed with Grupo Industrial Saltillo in 2015.

Total investments for both plants will amount to €85 million. Their main activity will be focused on the manufacture of automotive components using low pressure aluminium casting technology and they will have an annual joint production volume of five million components.

Focused on the manufacture of aluminium steering knuckles for the group’s premium global customers, it will have a team of more than 100 people and an annual capacity of more than 2 million components. The factory, located in the city of San Luis Potosi, will use the same technology and processes that have led to the Mondragon plant becoming European market leader, subsequently converting it into a benchmark for such components on the American market.

A new plant in Bergara

The refurbishment an existing plant in Bergara will begin in the third quarter of this year and will go into production in 2017. The Bergara plant will be the second of its kind that Fagor Ederlan has in the Basque Country. This plant will be the technological reference for the group in low pressure aluminium die casting technology. It will be equipped with industrial processes to meet the sector’s high demands for the manufacture of lightweight components. During an initial phase it will have a capacity for producing one and a half million components and a staff of 110 people, eventually reaching 3 million components and 200 jobs in the last phase of growth.

€85 million investment

The Fagor Ederlan group is market leader in the manufacture of suspension components using this technology and, in addition to increasing capacity, these two new plants will strengthen its position as a global supplier. With plants in Europe since 2001 and China since 2012, along with a technology partnership in Korea since 2008, these new implementations will help it maximize global supply capacity of aluminium components manufactured with low pressure casting.

Automotive components.