TrelleborgVibracoustic has inaugurated a new facility in Rayong, Thailand. The site produces engine mounts, chassis mounts, and body mounts for local customers such as Ford, GM, Nissan, and Volvo.
“With our new production site in Rayong, TrelleborgVibracoustic is strengthening its global footprint in one of the world’s most important automobile growth markets,” stated Jim Law, member of the management board of TrelleborgVibracoustic. “By setting up operations in Thailand, we strive to expand our customer base with focus on Japanese OEMs.”
“With a local supplier network, our customers can reduce their storage capacity and cut costs in terms of logistics.” added Dr. Matthias Sckuhr, regional president for China and Asia/Pacific at TrelleborgVibracoustic.
The new facility is located in the Hemaraj Eastern Seaboard Industrial Estate close to Ford, GM, Suzuki and other OEMs. Starting with 30 employees, it is planned that until 2018 a workforce of around 200 will produce chassis mounts, engine mounts, and dampers for local customers and export.
Thailand is one of the 15 largest automobile producers in the world and has the ambitious goal of becoming the automotive center of the ASEAN alliance, which currently covers ten countries in South East Asia. By 2020, production in Thailand is expected to increase to five million vehicles per year.