April 25, 2013

Magna Exteriors and Interiors inaugurates manufacturing plant in Meerane, Germany

Magna International Inc. has announced that its Magna Exteriors and Interiors (MEI) operating unit has expanded its footprint in Europe by opening a new manufacturing facility in Meerane, Germany.  MEI Meerane is located closely to Volkswagen Sachsen in Mosel,
supplying sequenced, just-in-time exterior plastic parts for the automaker.

"Volkswagen Saxonia and Magna's new facility in Meerane are producing based on a close partnership," said Dirk Coers, Managing Director Department of Human Resources and Organisation, Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH. "Saxonia is a car state with tradition - together with Magna and our other partners, we want to ensure it also has a great automotive future."

MEI Meerane covers a production area of 15,000 sq m and currently employs 140 people. The plant's capabilities include injection molding, painting and assembly. Its first program consists of front and rear bumpers for the new Golf VII, recently named 'World Car of the Year', the plant is expected to start production of rocker panels for the next generation of the VW Passat.

"Our new state-of-the-art production facility in Meerane showcases many of Magna's world-class manufacturing standards, from logistics that work with radio frequency tagging and a fully automated paint line up to just-in-time delivery," said Albert Lidauer, President Magna Exteriors and Interiors Europe. "In addition, it further strengthens our relationship with our customer and provides opportunities for new business with multiple carmakers."

"We are very proud that one of the biggest automotive suppliers of the world has chosen Saxony," said Stanislaw Tillich, Prime Minister of the Free State of Saxony. "The settling of Magna represents another boost for the motor of 'car-country' Saxony." Among the reasons for the previous successful development, the Prime Minister listed the intensive collaboration between the industry and an application-oriented automotive research in the free state. "Together with our highly skilled and creative people, this constitutes the backbone and potential of 'car-country' Saxony."


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