The MAT Foundry Group Ltd. plans to expand production at its foundry in Ecatepec, Mexico, adding 30,000 metric tons/year (33,000 tpy) of capacity for automotive brake parts. The existing plant, a MincerHD foundry near Mexico City, produces rotors, drums, hubs, and planetary gears for heavy truck, trailer, and commercial and passenger vehicle markets.
The expansion will include a DISAmatic molding line, induction melting for ductile and gray iron, automated pouring, and casting finishing capabilities. According to MAT Foundry Group, the expansion will allow the plant to supply castings to automotive buyers in Mexico and the U.S.
No investment cost has been announced for the project, which is already in progress.
Commissioning and initial production are scheduled for mid-2017. Foundry Solutions & Design, Alpharetta, GA, contributed advanced planning and engineering service for the project.
Once the current phase of expansion is completed, a second expansion has been planned that would double the new capacity. No schedule has been provided for that second phase of the development.