Bendix begins construction of its high-tech plant in Coahuila
By Elenne Castro
November 8, 2022
Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems LLC has begun construction of a production plant at its operation in Acuña, Coahuila.
The new manufacturing complex will use highly automated manufacturing processes to produce two emerging, next-generation technologies: Global Scalable Brake Control (GSBC) and Global Scalable Air Treatment (GSAT).
The facility, which joins three other state-of-the-art manufacturing and logistics facilities on the Acuña campus, is the latest step in the bustling operation's ongoing expansion. Initial occupancy is scheduled for November 2023.
The campus, opened in 1987, is dedicated to the manufacture, remanufacturing and assembly of a wide range of products: anti-lock brake systems (ABS), air dryers, compressors, valves, actuators and integrated vehicle module systems.
Nestor Piuma, Vice President of Operations at Bendix , commented that for more than 30 years, Bendix Acuña has compiled a remarkable track record of achievement, including initiatives to grow and expand its high-tech production capabilities with excellent safety and quality records.
“In addition, developing the strength of the management and leadership team makes Acuña a prime location to further elevate those capabilities through the use of automation in the manufacturing of GSBC and GSAT.”
GSBC and GSAT are new global modular air treatment and brake control systems that are designed to fit the needs of customers in various markets. High base integration and advanced technologies allow for more flexible installation options, making adaptability to different vehicle platform requirements and needs easier.
Additionally, GSBC and GSAT have the ability to perform advanced diagnostics that enable groundwork for automated driving.
Jacqueline Pérez, Senior Director of Operations for Bendix in Mexico , stated that in addition, Acuña builds all valves and air dryers today, which positions us well to manufacture GSBC and GSAT – the next generation of those products.
"The new facility, using robotics and employing operators with advanced technical skills, will have both the space and the capacity to make that happen."
The new 185,000-square-foot Bendix plant will be in addition to the existing 412,000-square-foot plant. The company will hire about 200 employees for the plant , bringing the staff about 2,000 people. The new lines will begin production on a multi-year staggered schedule beginning in 2023.
Acuña is one of the fastest growing Bendix manufacturing sites . KnorrBremse executives consider it a model manufacturing facility. Notably, it was honored as the highest ranked operation globally in 2011.