Ficosa opens new plant in Brazil

August 08, 2016 // By Julien Happich
A top-tier provider of high-technology vision, safety, connectivity and efficiency systems for the automotive and mobility sectors, Ficosa is reinforcing its presence in Brazil with a new plant in Jandira, in the São Paulo metropolitan area.

With a total surface area of 13,000 m² and 273 workers, the factory will manufacture rear-view mirrors, control and command systems (brakes, gear shifts and cables), underhood solutions and electronic systems for automobiles.

“The new Jandira plant will not only make Ficosa more competitive in a key market like Brazil, but is also a strategic move to strengthen our presence in Mercosur, as the centre will be the group's base of operations for the region", stated José María Serra, CEO of Ficosa Brazil.

"This factory will strengthen the synergies of the alliance between Ficosa and Panasonic by laying the foundations for producing technological solutions in Brazil that have been generated as a result of the agreement between these two companies”, the CEO added.

The alliance with Panasonic will increase industrial capacity and geography presence of Ficosa in Brazil and Mercosur, since the factory at Jandira will be backed up by the Panasonic plants in the free trade area of Manaus (Amazonas), specializing in electronics, and in Exterma (Minas Gerais).

The two companies are also considering having a joint presence in Argentina, the CEO revealed.

The plant has the capacity to double its current production, reaching a yearly total of 4 million rear-view mirrors and 3 million control and command systems. The facilities at Jandira will also be home to an R&D centre that will develop solutions for the Mercosur region.

The new production centre is already 100% operational and has been inaugurated recently at an event that brought together the main automobile manufacturers in Brazil and Argentina.

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