Mississauga, ON, Canada, October 5, 2015 – The Woodbridge Group is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of its latest automotive moulded seating foam plant located in Capivari, Brazil. This 7,000 square meter, industry leading facility is capable of producing over half a million car sets per year, and is situated in close proximity to many Tier One and Original Equipment customers, who continue to build new plants in the region.
Despite a difficult 2015 in Brazil, vehicle production is expected to normalize and grow. IHS forecasts a robust recovery in 2017, followed by an annual growth of 3-5% through the forecast horizon. Investment in the region continues, as Brazil is the seventh largest global vehicle market, has a low motorization rate and expectations of an improved local economic climate.
Paulo Farina, Vice President & GM, South America, The Woodbridge Group states, “We are excited to announce the Capivari plant is ready to exceed our customers’ expectations. This is certainly a milestone, further solidifying our commitment to our customers. We intend this state-of-the-art facility to be a centre of excellence, offering superior quality products. I look forward to engaging with the Capivari community, as we do in the five other Brazilian locations we operate in. Social responsibility is one of our operational pillars. At full capacity, we will employ 150 people in this facility including: Production Teammates, Process, Tooling and Maintenance Engineers and Technicians, and a complete Management Team.”
Initially the Capivari plant will strictly support customer seating foam requirements, but plans are already being made to expand the facility’s capabilities to produce interior parts such as head restraints and arm rests.
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Vice President & GM, South America, The Woodbridge Group