Eberspaecher is expanding its production capacity for commercial vehicle exhaust systems in the U.S., opening an expanded facility in Brighton, Mich., which has more than tripled in size to 34,000 sq. ft.
The plant is specifically designed for the production of commercial vehicle exhaust systems that meet the strict EPA 2010 emissions standard and serves as a “center of excellence” for the entire commercial vehicle business in North and South America, according to Eberspaecher. The facility will produce Eberspaecher’s heavy-duty exhaust after-treatment systems and bring the organization’s three key processes—laser shell manufacturing, converter catalyst canning, and complex automated welding and assembly, as well as the company’s experts in each—under one roof.
With the expansion, Eberspaecher says it decreased the company’s environmental footprint through incorporating energy-saving measures and efficient technology and systems. These include: air control and venting systems exceeding environmental standards; high-tech glass that allows natural light to enter but not heat the building, resulting in more efficient heat and air conditioning operations; an efficient material storage system that minimizes the use of floor space; and zone-control electrical systems that control usage based on real-time demands.
“As an organization that has made a commitment to Michigan and the automotive industry, we are pleased to establish this center of excellence for our commercial vehicle operations in Brighton and use our new resources to strengthen customer care and grow our North American presence,” said Heinrich Baumann, managing partner of the Eberspaecher Group. “With this expansion we can further strengthen our leading position in the exhaust technology market for commercial and off-road vehicles in the U.S.”
“The success this company has achieved is a testament to the benefits of doing business in the automotive capital of the world. We welcome Eberspaecher’s continued investment in Michigan and Michiganders. Their progress is something to be celebrated,” said Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.