09 October 2013

Magna Inaugurates New Manufacturing Plant in Kocaeli, Turkey

Kocaeli, Turkey – 08 October 2013 - Magna International Inc. has inauguration a new greenfield manufacturing plant in Kocaeli, Turkey. The facility is being shared by Magna’s Exteriors and Interiors, Mirrors, and Closures operating units. At full capacity, the 10,300-square-meter, just-in-sequence manufacturing plant will employ about 200 people. 

“We are always supporting companies who want to invest in our region. Kartepe is a developing region in terms of its economy, tourism and trade, and we are glad to welcome Magna among its entrepreneurs. I wish this new plant much success in the future,” said Sukru Karabalik, Mayor of Kartepe, a district of Kocaeli.

The facility will primarily manufacture fascias and outside mirrors for the new Ford Transit. Its product range also includes carriers for front-end modules, running boards and engineered glass products.

“Consistent with our strategy to pursue growth in developing markets, this new facility opens the door for our exteriors and mirrors business in Turkey,” said Günther Apfalter, President Magna International Europe. “We are convinced that through this expansion of our global footprint, we will be able to provide our customers with an even more comprehensive service.”

Kocaeli is Magna's second location in Turkey – the company's Magna Seating unit established a just-in-sequence complete seat facility in Gölcük in 2003.

Magna International is a leading global automotive supplier with 314 manufacturing operations and 89 product development, engineering and sales centres in 29 countries. 

Source: Magna International