Mexico-based Vitro is building a production plant for the automotive glass replacement market as well as a new OE automated line for the bending process. The company is investing $35 million USD to expand operations and plans to have both additions in operation in 2017.
The company will invest $20 million in the AGR facility. Vitro plans to fabricate 550,000 windshields and 650,000 tempered parts per year.
For the OE facility, the new automated line will focus on bending processes using the latest technologies. The company will use this addition to serve existing customers as well as new contracts. The approximate capacity of this line will be 3.5 million pieces per year and the investment will be approximately $15 million USD, according to the company.
“In the case of aftermarket, we seek to expand our market share mainly in the U.S. and Canada, taking advantage of our strategic location that will allow us to reach those markets in a highly competitive way,” says Baldomero Gardea de la Fuente, director of the automotive glass business.