Magneti Marelli launches LED module production in Mexico

June 27, 2016 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
With Audi, BMW, Daimler and Nissan having recently announced moves to expand their vehicle production for the North American market in Mexico, Italian supplier Magneti Marelli is also cranking up its activities in this environment. The company now has announced to establish a new assembly line for LED modules.

This enlargement of production of advanced lighting technologies is aimed at satisfying technology applications and customer needs in the NAFTA market, in which the LED technology penetration for front lighting is expected to grow from approximately 20% in 2016 to approximately 50% in 2020.

 

Magneti Marelli’s Juárez LED operation will start with the involvement of 115 employee (165 by 2016), and grow to nearly 400 people by the end of 2017. The Juárez production site, which started to produce headlamps in 1997 is one of Magneti Marelli’s largest plants with over 3,000 employees producing various lighting products. It manufactures head lamps, tail lamps, rear appliques, and various electronic modules.

 

Juárez has a strategic position to serve the automotive production hubs in the US of carmakers such as BMW, Daimler, Ford, FCA, GM, Honda, Kia, Nissan, and VW/Audi. Currently Mexico is attracting a lot of manufacturing activities from abroad. For example, Audi plans to start production of its Q5 SUV in 2016; BMW has announced to produce its 3-series in San Luis Potosí from 2019 onwards, and Daimler will cooperate with Nissan in utilising the same plant for the production of compact cars (Daimler) and vehicles for Nissan’s luxury brand Infinity. All of the abovementioned vehicles will come with massive LED amounts for headlights, daytime running lights, rear lights and brake lights.

 

Concerning LED technology, on top of an average useful life longer than that of the vehicle itself, LED offers new possibilities in terms of safety, styling and lower energy consumption.

The use of LED-equipped Daytime Running Lights also makes a significant contribution to a proper energy balance, since 75% of the total driving distance in the world is covered during the daytime. In specific terms, DRLs with LED technology offer an energy consumption of 14 W (with 0.36 g CO 2/km) per vehicle. When regular low beams are used instead, energy consumption is approximately 300