Issue: Oct 2014


Magneti Marelli Inaugurates a New Plant for Automotive Exhaust Systems in Michigan USA



by Jon Knox

    Magneti Marelli Holding USA announced that its exhaust system manufacturing plant located in Independence Township, Mich., near Clarkston, celebrated its official opening.

    "The inauguration of the IndependenceTownship plant is a significant milestone for Magneti Marelli," said Magneti Marelli Holding USA President and CEO Stephane Vedie. "With the addition of the exhaust plant, each of the company's business lines is now represented in North America, providing and expanding footprint to serve our customers here and around the world."

    "For all its business areas, Magneti Marelli has a footprint that is fitting the key customers' needs and enables a strategic positioning on the global automobile market"- stated Eugenio Razelli, CEO of Magneti Marelli. "The Exhaust business, with a very significant presence in Europe, South America and, since few years, also in China and India, is now adding an important presence also in the US".

    The new plant strengthens Magneti Marelli's position in North America adding to its competencies that include automotive lighting, powertrain, electronic systems, suspension systems, aftermarket and motorsport.

    The 100,000-plus square foot plant located in suburban Detroit is the first Michigan manufacturing facility for Magneti Marelli, whose North American headquarters is in nearby Auburn Hills. Employing 75 people, the plant manufactures hot end exhaust manifold integrated with catalytic converters and will reach a production capacity of about 300,000 units per year.

    All manufacturing operations are performed on site, including forming of the canister in which catalyst materials are inserted, and robotic welding of the various components to create the finished product.

    The first important project is related to Fiat Chrysler platforms.

    The plant is also home to Magneti Marelli Aftermarket North America, which is responsible for the "Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar" All Makes Parts Program. This All Makes program enables Chrysler Group dealerships to service all vehicle makes and models, as well as offer product to independent repair facilities.

    About Magneti Marelli:

    Founded in Italy in 1919 and headquartered near Milan, Magneti Marelli is a leader in component manufacturing electronics and the production of other technologically advanced automotive products. With its 85 production units, 12 R&D centres and 26 application centres in 19 countries, about 38,000 employees and a turnover of 6 billion Euros in 2013, the group supplies all leading carmakers in Europe, North and South America and the Far East. Its business areas include: Electronic Systems, Lighting; Powertrain, Suspension Systems and Shock Absorbers, Exhaust Systems, Aftermarket Parts & Services, Plastic Components and Modules, Motorsport. Magneti Marelli is part of Fiat Chrysler Group.

    Innovation and quality are at the core of Magneti Marelli. The company invests heavily in research, development and engineering, and has a long list of accomplishments in both motorsports and the passenger car industry, supplying all the leading carmakers in the world.

    With an established presence in the U.S. since 1976, Magneti Marelli USA coordinates the activities of all Magneti Marelli divisions in the NAFTA region from its North American headquarters, located in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

    Magneti Marelli has industrial operations in Independence Township, Michigan (Exhaust Systems); Sanford, North Carolina (Powertrain); Pulaski, Tennessee (Automotive Lighting, Shock Absorbers, Exhaust Systems,); El Paso, Texas (logistics and warehouse); Juarez, Mexico (Automotive Lighting); Saltillo, Mexico (Suspension Systems); and Tepotzotlan, Mexico (Electronic Systems and Automotive Lighting).

 



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