SAERTEX OPENS PLANT IN MEXICO
Saerbeck, February 15, 2022 – the world’s leading manufacturer of textile reinforcement materials opens its 17th site worldwide. Production of multiaxial glass fiber non-crimp fabrics for lightweight construction applications will commence immediately at the new production facility in Ciudad Juárez, northern Mexico. The site benefits from its proximity to key customers that produce rotor blades for the wind power sector.
SAERTEX is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of lightweight textile materials made of glass and carbon fibers, which are used to manufacture composite components. Commencement of operations at the production facility in Mexico means that the company’s global network has now expanded to 17 sites. Non-crimp fabrics made of glass fibers are from now on produced at the new site in Ciudad Juárez, which covers an area of around 15,000 m2. A brand-new production hall offering a factory floor area of approx. 9,000 m2 and state-of-the-art, sustainable infrastructure was constructed there in recent months. Overall, 54 new jobs will be created at the newly founded SAERTEX Mexico S.A. de C.V.
“Our strategic goal is to ensure our customers benefit from a reliable supply chain coupled with regional, sustainable sourcing via the global SAERTEX production network,” explains Christoph Geyer, CEO of the SAERTEX Group. “Our new site in Ciudad Juárez represents an important milestone for achieving sustainable cooperation with our customers in the composite industry, including the wind sector, which is strongly represented through its rotor blade manufacturing facilities in Mexico. By strategically shifting manufacturing capacity from the USA to Mexico, we are simultaneously strengthening our US plant in Huntersville (NC), which is now able to focus its competencies on our emerging business in the field of industrial applications.”
Machinery and equipment have already been installed at the SAERTEX plant in Mexico, while processes have been successfully mapped in the SAP ERP system and digitally connected with the other sites in the global production network. Over recent weeks, the SAERTEX Mexico workforce has also successfully completed training.
“Our machines are up and running, the processes are established, and customer qualification measures are well advanced,” reports Dietmar Möcke, CTO at SAERTEX. “This is the result of excellent cooperation between our customers and our international project team. We were only able to realize this project so successfully – especially in the face of tougher conditions caused by the pandemic – with the support of the specialists at SAERTEX USA and SAERTEX in Saerbeck.”
In addition to commencing serial deliveries of multiaxial fabrics, an expansion of the plant in Mexico is already in preparation. The intention is to manufacture additional product lines at the Ciudad Juárez site in order to offer customers in the wind power sector a wide range of different material technologies for rotor blade manufacture.