Michelin holds ground-breaking ceremony for Mexico plant
After announcing its plans to build a passenger car tyre manufacturing plant in Mexico in July, Michelin held ground-breaking and first stone ceremony for the plant recently.
The plant will be built in León, Guanajuato, in central Mexico.
“Our actions here today demonstrate our confidence in Mexico’s manufacturing environment, the skilled and talented workforce here and the infrastructure necessary to deliver tyres efficiently throughout North America,” said Jean-Dominique Senard, chief executive officer of Michelin Group, based in Clermont-Ferrand, France.
“Michelin’s customers for passenger-vehicle tyres are demanding more and more of our innovative, high-tech tyres to meet the performance requirements of the growing market in North America,” Senard said. “This plant will improve our capacity to meet those demands, as a key element of Michelin’s ‘Service to the Customer’ initiative in North America and worldwide.”
The plant will comprise approximately 142,000 square meters in the Parque Industrial León-Bajio, or “Pilba,” as the industrial park is known locally. The plant represents Michelin Group’s largest global investment for 2016, approximately €450 million (US$510 million), as the company recently announced.
Construction of the plant is expected to begin immediately, with completion currently scheduled for late 2018. Production will increase gradually thereafter, eventually reaching 4 to 5 million tyres a year, primarily under the Michelin brand for high-performance and ultra-high-performance cars, light trucks, SUVs and cross-over vehicles. The plant is expected to employ at least 1,000 people at capacity.
“We are excited to celebrate this occasion with so many of our valued customers and respected government leaders across León and Mexico who have helped us to reach this key milestone,” said Mike Boggs, director of Michelin Mexico. “We are eager to join the León business community and look forward to establishing long-term relationships here.”