ZKW expands site in Mexico by a further 100 million euros
Lighting systems specialist continues to invest in the production plant in Silao – As part of the opening of the new construction phase, the foundation stone for the next expansion is already being laid.
ZKW is accelerating its international growth and investing disproportionately in the Silao/Mexico location as a strategic orientation for the important American vehicle market. With a ceremonial opening on November 29, the ZKW Group officially commissioned the third expansion phase of the Mexican plant in Silao with an additional 15,700 square meters.
At the same time, the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the next expansion phase, which will create a total of around 7,000 square meters of additional production space and 1,100 new jobs by 2025. “With the expansion, we are increasing production capacities and creating around 2,000 new jobs to manufacture innovative lighting systems for customers in the strategically important NAFTA economic region,” explains Dr. Wilhelm Steger, CEO of ZKW Group GmbH. ZKW is investing more than 100 million euros (1.880 billion Mexican pesos) in Silao with the third plant expansion.
ZKW has been producing high-quality headlights for premium car manufacturers such as BMW, Ford Lincoln, General Motors, Mercedes Benz, Nissan Infiniti, Volkswagen and Volvo in Silao since 2016.
With the current plant expansion and the next expansion plan until 2025, ZKW is investing more than 100 million euros at the Silao site. The company currently employs 1,658 people in Mexico, who produce high-quality lighting systems for numerous car manufacturers in the USA and Mexico. From 2025, headlights and center lamps for VW and GM are to be produced in Silao. North America is a strategically important market for ZKW, which could be the second largest in the world by 2028, accounting for around 30 percent of sales. “The long-term goal is to further strengthen ZKW’s growth strategy, especially for the USMCA market. By 2026, ZKW México plans to produce around 4.5 million headlights per year with up to 4,000 employees,” explains Dominique Boulegue, General Plant Manager ZKW México.
ZKW México produziert mit modernsten Technologien und Maschinen (wie KunZKW México produces complete headlamps, as well as cover lenses, optical lenses and electronic components for lighting systems using state-of-the-art technologies and machines (such as plastic injection molding systems, hard coating and painting systems, anti-fog and metal vapor deposition machines). With the third expansion phase, ZKW is increasing its production capacity in Silao by 1.2 million headlamps. Specialists (engineers, technicians, commercial staff and assistants) are constantly being sought for the newly created jobs. “Our thanks go to all our employees, whose dedication and commitment are a central part of ZKW México’s success. We have reached a major milestone in the history of ZKW Mexico here and now,” says Boulegue.
Opening ceremony and laying of the foundation stone
The ceremonial opening of the Phase 3.1 plant section and the laying of the foundation stone for Phase 3.2 were attended by renowned representatives from politics and business: Governor Diego Sinhue Rodriguez Vallejo, trade consultant Nella Hengstler, business delegate Ramón Alfaro, the Mayor of Silao, Carlos García Villaseñor, ZKW Group CEO Dr. Wilhelm Steger, General Plant Manager Dominique Boulegue and many other personalities.