October 10, 2013

Magna opens new greenfield manufacturing plant in Kocaeli, Turkey

Magna International Inc. announced the expansion of its business in Eastern Europe with the inauguration of a new greenfield manufacturing plant in Kocaeli, Turkey. The facility is being shared by Magna's Exteriors and Interiors, Mirrors, and Closures operating units.
Company executives were joined in a grand opening ceremony by local government officials as well as by representatives from customers such as Ford, Fiat and Renault.

"The exteriors parts which Magna produces here in Kocaeli are crucial to automobiles with regards to their function and look, eyed closely by customers. Magna's experience in creating these parts will further support the success of Ford Transit, well-known for its design and durability," said Cengiz Kabatepe, Assistant General Manager of Ford Otosan and Automotive Exporters Union Board Member.

"We are always supporting companies who want to invest in our region. Kartepe is a developing region in terms of its economy, tourism and trade, and we are glad to welcome Magna among its entrepreneurs. I wish this new plant much success in the future," said Sukru Karabalik, Mayor of Kartepe, a district of Kocaeli.

At full capacity, the 10,300 sq m, just-in-sequence manufacturing plant will employ about 200 people. The facility will primarily manufacture fascias and outside mirrors for the new Ford Transit. Its product range also includes carriers for front-end modules, running boards and engineered glass products.

"Consistent with our strategy to pursue growth in developing markets, this new facility opens the door for our exteriors and mirrors business in Turkey," said Gunther Apfalter, President Magna International Europe. "We are convinced that through this expansion of our global footprint, we will be able to provide our customers with an even more comprehensive service."

Kocaeli is Magna's second location in Turkey - the company's Magna Seating unit established a just-in-sequence complete seat facility in Golcuk in 2003.


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