- At the end of 2019, ZKW Group employed around 10,000 people at 10 locations in eight countries.
- The plant in Silao, Mexico, which went into operation in 2015, will be expanded by 19,000 square meters of production space by the end of 2020.
- The ZKW Group’s revenue was maintained at 1.25 billion euros despite difficult conditions in the international automotive industry.
ZKW Silao plant to be expanded
Construction began in November 2019 to expand the current area of the ZKW plant in Silao from 22,000 to 41,000 square meters. The extension will be equipped with state-of-the-art technologies for the manufacture of innovative automotive lighting systems – such as plastic injection molding systems, hard coating for the coating of plastic diffusing lenses, painting systems, metallization equipment for reflectors, and headlight assembly lines.
Completion is scheduled for October 2020 with start of production scheduled for August 2021. The number of employees is to rise from 700 at present to around 1,400.
ZKW is investing around 67.5 million euros at its Mexico site.
High-quality headlamps for premium car manufacturers such as BMW, Daimler, Ford Lincoln, GM, Navistar, Nissan Infiniti, VW and Volvo are produced in Silao.
New Subsidiaries in Asia
Since last year, the lighting systems manufacturer has had a branch in Incheon, Korea. The former location of LG Electronics serves the development and distribution of rear lamps for the automotive market in the Asia-Pacific region.
The LG site in Ningbo, China, where rear lamps are produced, was also integrated.
Furthermore, ZKW expanded its plants in Slovakia and Mexico with additional capacities. Altogether, more than 210 million euros will be invested.
At the company headquarters in Wieselburg, Austria, a new logistics center and development laboratory will be built starting in April 2020.