The USA arm of Italian automotive component manufacturer Magneti Marelli has inaugurated its exhaust system manufacturing plant in Michigan. The new plant would strengthen Magneti Marelli’s position in North America adding to its competencies that include automotive lighting, powertrain, electronic systems, suspension systems, aftermarket and motorsport.
Speaking at the event, Stephane Vedie, President and CEO of Magneti Marelli Holding USA said, “The inauguration of the Independence Township plant is a significant milestone for Magneti Marelli. With the addition of the exhaust plant, each of the company’s business lines is now represented in North America, providing and expanding footprint to serve our customers here and around the world.”
Adding his thoughts on the new plant, Eugenio Razelli, CEO of Magneti Marelli said, “For all its business areas, Magneti Marelli has a footprint that is fitting the key customers’ needs and enables a strategic positioning on the global automobile market. The Exhaust business, with a very significant presence in Europe, South America and, since few years, also in China and India, is now adding an important presence also in the US.”
The facility is spread across 100,000-plus square foot. Located in suburban Detroit, this plant is the first Michigan manufacturing facility for Magneti Marelli, whose North American headquarters is in nearby Auburn Hills. Employing 75 people, the plant manufactures hot end exhaust manifold integrated with catalytic converters and will reach a production capacity of about 300,000 units per year. All manufacturing operations are performed on site, including forming of the canister in which catalyst materials are inserted, and robotic welding of the various components to create the finished product.
The plant is also home to Magneti Marelli Aftermarket North America, which is responsible for the “Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar” All Makes Parts Program. This All Makes program enables Chrysler Group dealerships to service all vehicle makes and models, as well as offer product to independent repair facilities. The Aftermarket division currently has 18 employees.
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