ArvinMeritor to build new Commercial Vehicle Systems plant in Mexico

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ArvinMeritor announced Nov. 7 that it will open a new Commercial Vehicle Systems (CVS) facility in Monterrey, Mexico. The company also announced it would close its CVS axle operation in Arden, N.C., by September 2008.

The Monterrey facility – which will include about 400,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space – will provide additional capacity for the company’s axle and brake assembly operations and component manufacturing. Start of production is scheduled for May 2008.

“We are looking forward to beginning construction of this new facility,” says Carsten Reinhardt, president of CVS for Troy, Mich.-based ArvinMeritor. “This investment demonstrates our commitment to being a leading supplier in the North American truck industry. We have worked closely with government officials in the state of Nuevo Leon to expeditiously plan and launch this facility so that we are operational prior to the anticipated upturn in the North American markets.”

ArvinMeritor’s additional operations in Mexico include:

  • Wheels facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico;
  • Roof and door module facility in Puebla, Mexico;
  • Ride Control Aftermarket facility in Queretaro, Mexico;
  • Commercial vehicle aftermarket warehouse in Escobedo, Mexico; and
  • Sistemas Automotrices de Mexico joint venture in Monterrey, which manufactures axles, brakes and drivelines for the North American market.
  • “We are very pleased that ArvinMeritor has selected the state of Nuevo Leon for their new facility in Mexico,” says Alejandro P