Preh GmbH, the Bad Neustadt, Germany-based supplier of injection molded electronic controls to automotive companies, has completed the large-scale expansion of its production facilities in Monterrey, Mexico.
The company has expanded its Kalos site by 54,000 square feet to 140,000 square feet and started operations in the extension on Nov. 20. Along with the Avante sister plant, which spans an area of 80,000 square feet, Preh now has a total of 225,000 square feet of production space in Monterrey.
Preh's Mexican business makes human-machine interface (HMI) systems for cars, primarily for the North American market and mainly for Ford, General Motors, BMW and VW. Its manufacturing skills include injection molding and surface technology at the Avante plant as well as surface-mounted device (SMD) assembly, final assembly and testing at the Kalos plant.
Preh Group President and CEO Michael Roesnick said of the Kalos plant expansion: “We have reason to be proud of what we have achieved. Our team in Monterrey has delivered first-rate performance at both locations in a short space of time, thus enabling us to grow in the U.S.”
Preh entered the North American market in late 2005, when it employed 30 there. Since then its workforce has grown to 670, generating sales in excess of $140 million, it said.
Preh has 4,000 employees in Germany, Portugal, Romania, Mexico, the United States and China. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Joyson Electronic Corp., a publicly traded company on the Shanghai stock exchange, based in Ningbo, China.