Bosch Rexroth reported June 26 that it’s opening a new plant in Querétaro, Mexico, to shorten deliver routes and create more manufacturing capacity in North America for its mobile hydraulics and factory automation products. The company is investing about 160 million euros in the new location, which is expected to create about 900 jobs by 2027.
The 42,000-square-meter plant started operations in June. It’s manufacturing hydraulic pumps, motors and valves for mobile machinery such as excavators, forklifts and tractors. Bosch Rexroth plans to make other products at the facility for mobile machinery such as transmission units and radial-piston motors, as well as linear motion products such as rails and runner blocks for applications in mechanical and plant engineering and factory automation.
“With its local-for-local strategy, Bosch Rexroth increases the capacity, flexibility and robustness of supply chains, reduces the CO2 footprint by regionally manufactured products, and achieves shorter delivery times,” says Reinhard Schaefer, management board member at Bosch Rexroth with responsibility for manufacturing and quality.
In addition to its supplier base in North America, Bosch Rexroth relies on a stable and growing supplier network in Mexico, which provides castings, machining, steel, drive shafts and/or cylinders. Together with its longtime U.S. production sites in Bethlehem, Pa., Charlotte, N.C., Fountain Inn, S.C., and Lincolnshire, Ill., Bosch Rexroth’s new plant in Querétaro will provide hydraulic and factory automation solutions more quickly and consistently. The company is also expanding services at Fountain Inn to include prototyping, customizing, remanufacturing, aftermarket service and spare parts.
“With our growing production capacity in this region, we can react even faster than before to customer requirements, and meet growing demand for components and solutions, in particular for agricultural and construction machinery and OEM machine builders in North America,” adds Christoph Kleu, senior VP for finance and administration at Bosch Rexroth in North America. “Our customers in North America will continue to order from their regional contacts at Bosch Rexroth, but now they’ll have more options for transport and delivery.”