Magneti Marelli, a major automotive supplier, with its North American headquarters in Auburn Hills, has opened its first Michigan-based manufacturing facility in Independence Township, near Clarkston.
The more than 100,000-square-foot plant will make hot end exhaust manifolds integrated with catalytic converters and will reach a production capacity of about 300,000 units per year.
“For all its business areas, Magneti Marelli has a footprint that is fitting the key customers’ needs and enables a strategic positioning on the global automobile market,” says Eugenio Razelli, CEO of Magneti Marelli. “The exhaust business, with a very significant presence in Europe, South America and, in the last few years, China and India, is now adding an important presence in the U.S.”
Razellis says the new facility, with more than 75 employees, will strengthen the company’s position in North America, adding to its competencies that include automotive lighting, powertrain, electronic systems, suspension systems, aftermarket, and motorsport.
“With the addition of the exhaust plant, each of the company’s business lines is now represented in North America, providing and expanding our footprint to serve our customers here and around the world,” says Stephane Vedie, president and CEO of Magneti Marelli Holding USA.
The first project for the plant is related to Fiat Chrysler platforms, Vedie says.