New TRW Brake Plant Planned in Mexico

Aluminum machining and clean-room assembly for hybrid and EV brake systems

TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. plans to establish a new plant in Mexico to machine aluminum components and assemble advanced automotive brake systems in a clean-room setting, for hybrid and electric vehicles. The 150,000-sq.ft. operation in central Mexico’s Queretaro state will begin operation in the first quarter of 20112, the automotive supplier announced.

The value of the new investment was not released. It will employ about 450 workers.

"The new braking facility will complement our existing facility in Queretaro and represents a significant investment in advanced braking technologies and manufacturing processes,” according to TRW’s Doug DelGrosso, global vice president of braking operations.

The company said its foundation brake business would remain centered at its Santa Rosa, Mexico, plant (also in Queretaro.) The new plant will be dedicated to producing electronic braking and actuation systems, and brake actuation units, including boosters and master cylinders.

The clean-room environment is part of TRW’s program for achieving the stringent requirements for hydraulic systems. The hydraulic control units produced there will be used in various electronic stability control systems the company produces. An example of this is TRW's Slip Control Boost system, which is part of regenerative braking systems for hybrid and electric vehicles. The plant will manufacture brake actuation units, too, including boosters and master cylinders.

TRW Automotive manufactures integrated vehicle control and driver assist systems, braking systems, steering systems, suspension systems, occupant safety systems (seat belts and airbags), electronics, engine components, fastening systems and aftermarket replacement parts and services.

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