Magna opens new auto parts facility in Turkey

Automation & RoboticsProjectsSouth-East European INDUSTRIAL Мarket - issue 4/2013

Magna International officially announced the expansion of its business in Eastern Europe with the inauguration of a new greenfield manufacturing plant in Kocaeli, Turkey. The facility is being shared by Magna’s Exteriors and Interiors, Mirrors, and Closures operating units.

"The exteriors parts which Magna produces here in Kocaeli are crucial to automobiles with regards to their function and look, eyed closely by customers. Magna’s experience in creating these parts will further support the success of Ford Transit, well-known for its design and durability," said Cengiz Kabatepe, Assistant General Manager of Ford Otosan and Automotive Exporters Union Board Member.

At full capacity, the 10,300-square-meter, just-in-sequence manufacturing plant will employ about 200 people. The facility will primarily manufacture fascias and outside mirrors for the new Ford Transit. Its product range also includes carriers for front-end modules, running boards and engineered glass products.

"Consistent with our strategy to pursue growth in developing markets, this new facility opens the door for our exteriors and mirrors business in Turkey. We are convinced that through this expansion of our global footprint, we will be able to provide our customers with an even more comprehensive service.", Gunther Apfalter, President of Magna International Europe stated.

Kocaeli is Magna’s second location in Turkey - the company’s Magna Seating unit established a just-in-sequence complete seat facility in Golcuk in 2003. Magna is one of the most diversified automotive suppliers in the world. The company designs, develops and manufactures automotive systems, assemblies, modules and components, and engineers and assembles complete vehicles, primarily for sale to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of cars and light trucks.

Magna has 312 manufacturing operations and 87 product development, engineering and sales centres in 29 countries on five continents.