Hirotec America, Inc., a company that produces body-in-white closures, exhaust systems, and closure manufacturing equipment for the automotive industry, is in the process of building a $15 million stamping die tryout center in its new Auburn Hills-based headquarters.
The center, which is expected to be operational by year’s end, will feature new stamping die tryout equipment such as a high speed five-axis machining center, a 300-ton spotting press, a 1,500-ton tryout press, and a 2,300-ton tryout press.
“By growing our stamping die capabilities locally, we will be able to offer our customers the best and latest technologies for door panel manufacturing under one roof,” says Katsu Uno, chairman and CEO of Hirotec America.
He says the new stamping die tryout center will provide auto manufacturers a single point contact for stamping dies, assembly systems, and hemming equipment, as well as create an additional opportunity to eventually provide closure production locally in the United States.
Hirotec America is part of Japan-based Hirotec Group Cos., which in 2015 had worldwide sales in excess of $1.6 billion. It operates 26 locations worldwide.