Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC held the grand opening of its new actuator manufacturing facility based in Acuña, Mexico. The new facility marks the opening of the third manufacturing plant, expanding its Acuña operations.
The Acuña III site, located near the Bendix Acuña I and Acuña II plants, manufactures actuator products, including spring brakes and service chambers. The 67,000-square-foot former brownfield was leased by Bendix in May 2010 and has been refurbished and upgraded to meet the company’s rigorous manufacturing and quality standards for facilities, equipment, and production layout. Lean manufacturing experts have reviewed the entire production process using a Systematic Layout Planning model to ensure maximum efficiency.
“We’re very pleased to announce that the state-of-the-art Acuña III facility began production in December and has added 112 jobs to the local Acuña economy,” said John Cairo, Mexico country manager for Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems. “Expanding our existing Acuña operations through the latest manufacturing site addition has enabled Bendix to further leverage corporate shared services, while maintaining lean and cost-effective manufacturing processes to allow us to remain competitive in the markets we serve.”
The Acuña III facility is expected to produce at least one million actuators per year for Bendix Spicer Foundation Brake LLC, the joint venture of Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC and Dana Commercial Vehicle Products LLC.