Bendix adds advanced manufacturing facility to Acuña, Mexico site

Bendix adds advanced manufacturing facility to Acuña, Mexico site

The highly automated plant will produce Global Scalable Brake Controls (GCBC) and Global Scalable Air Treatment (GSAT) technologies.

Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems opened a new production facility at its operation in Acuña, Mexico. The 185,000-sq.-ft. plant will use highly automated manufacturing processes to produce both Global Scalable Brake Control (GSBC) and Global Scalable Air Treatment (GSAT) technologies. Bendix tells us that production on the new lines has begun and is slated to expand on a staggered, multiyear schedule.

The facility represents the latest step in the ongoing expansion of the multisite Acuña operation, according to Bendix. Opened in 1988, the campus engages in manufacturing, remanufacturing, and assembly across a wide range of products – antilock braking systems (ABS), air dryers, compressors, valves, actuators, and integrated vehicle modules.

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“We’re proud to unveil this new plant, which is the physical manifestation of the move toward greater automation and high-tech assembly at our Acuña operation,” said Piotr Sroka, Bendix president, chief executive officer and chief operating officer. “Reaching this milestone is the result of an ongoing, concerted effort over the last eight years to increase the sophistication of the operation across a range of products – and doing so with Bendix’s signature product performance, quality, and reliability.”

Bendix says it will hire an estimated 200 employees for the facility, bringing the Acuña workforce to approximately 2,000 people.

GSBC and GSAT are brake control and air treatment modular global systems that are designed to be adapted to customer needs in various markets. The high integration of base and advanced technologies enables more flexible installation options, making adaptability to different vehicle platform requirements and needs easier. In addition, GSBC and GSAT advanced capabilities and diagnostics enable the groundwork for automated driving.

“In manufacturing GSBC and GSAT products, we will take advantage of the stability, knowledge, skill sets, and strong quality and safety records we have cultivated here,” said Jacqueline Perez, Bendix senior director of operations in Mexico. “Also, since Acuña already builds all Bendix valves and air dryers currently, we are well positioned to manufacture GSBC and GSAT – the next generation of those products – with both the space and capability to make that happen.”

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