Sika AG has opened a new manufacturing facility in Queretaro, Mexico to supply to the automotive industry.
The new factory, which includes an integrated logistics centre, will manufacture Sika’s full range of acoustic treatments and body structural products for OEM assembly and local component makers, the Swiss speciality chemicals company announced 28 Sept.
The Mexican subsidiary of Faist ChemTec, acquired by Sika at the start of 2018, will also be integrated into the new facility.
“Our location in Querétaro is strategically located in the middle of the customer network we support in Mexico,” said Thomas Hasler, Head Industry at the Baar, Switzerland-based chemicals supplier.
According to Sika, the Mexican automotive market has grown by 25% in the past four years and an estimated four million vehicles will be produced in the country this year.
The growth is driven by the significant number of key players in the OEM market who are investing in production capacity.
“This means we are close to the many vehicle and component manufacturing facilities already established in Mexico, as well as the new plants coming on line,” Hasler went on to say.
With increasing focus on lower emissions and lightweighting in the automotive industry, Sika claims that more than 50 million vehicles are produced worldwide annually, using its adhesives, reinforcer systems, and acoustic treatments.
The company’s high performing SikaBaffle, SikaDamp, and SikaReinforcer technologies are used in the vehicle assembly process for acoustic sealing and damping applications to reduce airborne and structure borne noise levels in vehicles. The systems also help structurally reinforce vehicle body shells and components for enhanced crash durability.