A global leader in the design, engineering and manufacturing of automotive driveline and powertrain components, American Axle & Manufacturing, Inc. (AAM) is set to expand operations in the industrial area of Viladecans in Barcelona. The new manufacturing facility is expected to support European automakers.
The 15000 square meters facility is located 20 km southwest of Barcelona and is set to open in January 2019. This facility is set to produce powertrain components for companies such as Renault, BMW, Daimler, Porsche, Audi and Ford. This facility is set to employ 170 associates at full capacity and will consolidate two smaller facilities in nearby Gavà.
According to said David C. Dauch, AAM Chairman and Chief Executive Officer:
“As AAM continues to diversify and expand our global customer base and product mix, our new Barcelona facility will be an integral part of our European manufacturing footprint. The new facility will help AAM meet customer demand for products that help reduce noise and vibrations from downsized engines.”
AAM Barcelona is set to produce a range of damper products that includes compression dampers, PV bonded dampers, isolation pulleys, in-mould bonded dampers and damped gears and AAM is accredited for pioneering the isolation pulley as well as many types of viscous dampers and damped gears.
Greg Deveson, President, AAM Powertrain also added the following:
“The new Barcelona facility will allow AAM to rationalize and improve operations through a lean and efficient layout and production flow and to re-integrate the currently externalized warehouse. As automakers continue to downsize engines, especially with the increased number of hybrid applications, demand for products like damped gears and isolation pulleys will increase. This new facility will help AAM continue to meet and exceed our customers’ performance and quality expectations.”
AAM will produce damped gears for Ford, BMW and PSA, PV bonded dampers for Audi, Mercedes and FCA, isolation pulleys for Renault and in-mould bonded dampers for Mercedes, Ford and Porsche and AAM was supported by Catalonia Trade and Investment agency, the INCASÒL and the Consorci urbanístic DeltaBCN for the expansion of the facility.
Founded in 1993, AAM is a premier, global leader in design, engineering, validation and manufacturing of driveline, metal forming, powertrain, and casting technologies for automotive, commercial and industrial markets. Headquartered in the US, AAM has over 25,000 associates operating at more than 90 facilities in 17 countries to support our customers on global and regional platforms.