Canton, Mich., September 18, 2017 – Yazaki expands its operations in Texas to include manufacturing of dealer parts and service components, and establishes a manufacturing development center for engineering.
The facility, located in El Paso, produces parts for service such as fuse boxes, electronic modules, and remote keyless entry systems. Later this year, column switches, electric vehicle charge couplers, and instrument panel clusters will also be produced at the facility.
“Service parts are a market all their own,” said Chad Kline, Director of Business Development (Electronics and Instrumentation). “These products require special focus so by separating them from our mass production facilities, we can specialize our approaches toward smaller and more flexible runs.”
The 75,000 square foot manufacturing space includes plastic injecting molding, metal forming and stamping, electronic component placement and soldering (SMT), and laser etching. Both robotic and manual assembly takes place and varies based on product. To meet demands, we have doubled our workforce since the expansion, adding production, warehouse, office, and engineering personnel.
Yazaki has established an Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Center on site including a rapid prototype area. This center allows engineering staff to work on innovative and new methods to manufacture complex products.
“The Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Center is a great addition to the facility and to Yazaki as a whole,” said Kline. “We are very proud of the engineers onsite that are coming up with creative solutions to use in our manufacturing facilities that will help maintain and improve our competitiveness in the market.”
Yazaki— which has its North American headquarters in Canton, Michigan—opened the El Paso operations in 1988. The campus hosts Human Resources, Finance, Information Technology, Engineering, Warehousing, and Distribution.
“The expansion of our El Paso operations is proving to be beneficial,” said Richard Tajer III, Executive Vice President of the Instrumentation, Electronics, and Components Business Units. “We now have a dedicated space for smaller production operations which is projected to gross $8 million in sales in 2018.”
In the future, Yazaki plans on expanding manufacturing operations in El Paso by adding electric vehicle components in addition to the current manufacturing of dealer parts and service components.