On October 4, 2021, Lear Corporation began construction of a complex which will host its new seating plant located on the site of the former Cadillac Stamping plant on Detroit’s east side. The new plant will provide seats for electric vehicles made at General Motors’ Factory Zero Assembly plant in Detroit, such as the GMC Hummer EV pickup and SUV. Approximately USD 48 million will be invested into the development of the new facility. Lear will occupy approximately two-thirds of the 684,000-square-foot building, which is expected to produce 450 jobs. The plant is expected to open in the middle of 2022.
On September 30, Ford Motor Co. announced that the global semiconductor shortage continues to affect its North American plants, while it works on how to maximize production, with a continued commitment to building high-quality high-demand vehicles.
For the week of October 4,
• Kansas City Assembly Plant will idle production of the Ford Transit van
• Flat Rock Assembly Plant will idle production of the Ford Mustang
• Kentucky Truck Plant, which builds full-size trucks and SUVs, will operate on one shift
Individual powertrain and stamping plants will provide specifics around their operating patterns as they are confirmed.
(Ford press release on September 30, 2021)
On September 16, Audi Mexico announced that its new plant San José Chiapa has successfully produced 700,000 units of the Audi Q5, almost five years after starting its operations in Mexico.
Likewise, more than 120 special Audi Q5s have been produced for discerning customers, some of which being duchies or principalities that have requested units from the San José Chiapa plant since its inauguration in 2016.
The special units are built by a team of 15 specialists who detail each component under specific requirements.
In San José Chiapa are the four essential processes for the construction of a car: Stamping, Bodywork, Painting and Assembly.
One of Audi’s most modern plants in the world, the San José Chiapa has 5,200 employees and a high level of digitization and automation.