Federal-Mogul Powertrain, a division of Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation, opened up a new piston ring manufacturing facility in Mexico on October 9. The company, which has begun moving to a new headquarters in Detroit, hopes that expanding to Mexico will strengthen its leading position in piston ring technology.
The global supplier delivers products and services to manufacturers of vehicles and equipment all over the world and is currently in the process of restructuring into two separate public companies. Situated in Puebla, its newest powertrain facility reflects an initial $15 million investment and is the seventh plant in its division. It is currently home to 120 employees and anticipates growth in the coming years as it supports automotive ring production for vehicle manufacturers in North and South America.
Federal-Mogul Powertrain hopes to help the auto industry meet legislative targets and customer needs for reduced carbon dioxide and improved fuel economy. By producing items such as bearings, sealing products, pistons and ignitions through the use of unique coating technologies, they are able to ensure optimal product performance. They have also invested significantly in advanced manufacturing processes, like the latest surface and manufacturing technologies, data-based process control systems and state-of-the-art quality standards.
With $4.2 billion in sales to automakers in 2013, Federal-Mogul Holdings Corporation is ranked No. 50 on the Automotive News list of top suppliers. In a recent press release, Michael Hedderich, senior vice president and general manager of Rings and Liners, said that expanding to Mexico is part of their global strategy to expand their manufacturing footprint and demonstrate their commitment to providing more efficient production of piston rings to customers in North and South America.