The German technology group Continental, together with the governor of Aguascalientes, has announced the construction of a new hydraulic hose factory for industrial purposes. The planned investment amounts to around $90 million and is one of the largest investments for the Continental ContiTech division in 2024.
The new facility will complement and expand Continental's existing manufacturing capabilities in the region, creating more than 200 jobs in the first phase. With a total area of more than 85,000 m2, it will be ContiTech's largest location in Mexico, roughly the size of 12 football fields. Construction of the plant is scheduled to begin in the second half of 2024 and commissioning for the second half of 2025.
“Strengthening our industrial business in the Americas region is a priority for us,” explained Philip Nelles, Member of Continental’s Executive Board for the Group Sector ContiTech. “This investment is our response to the demand and growth of the hydraulic hose market in the region and underlines our strategic approach to becoming an innovation leader and full-service provider of hydraulic hoses. The new facility will enable us to further expand our hydraulics business with an expanded portfolio of hoses for various key industries such as agriculture, mining, construction, manufacturing and energy.”
Andreas Gerstenberger, Head of Industrial Solutions Americas, adds: “The hydraulics market is the largest market segment for hoses and fittings in our region. We have been in the hydraulic hose business for over half a century. With our new facility in Mexico, we will double our capacity in this area and target existing and new customers in various industries, following our approach 'in the region, for the region'. “In addition, our new factory is perfectly prepared for further expansion activities in the future with its state-of-the-art infrastructure with solar panels, process water reuse technologies, SmartFactory tools and machines with high automation and optimal energy use.”
The new facility will be Continental's 22nd plant in Mexico and the second plant in the state of Aguascalientes. Continental produces and develops automotive components, rubber products and tires and exports to various countries, where it employs more than 23,000 people.