13 November 2013

Nissan Opens New Plant in Aguascalientes, Mexico

Aguascalientes, Mexico – 12 November 2013 - Nissan today opened the first phase of a US$2-billion manufacturing complex in Aguascalientes, Mexico. The new plant is Nissan's third in Mexico and will raise the company's output in the country to more than 850,000 vehicles annually from 680,000 today, an increase of 25 percent. With this investment, Nissan generates more than 3,000 new jobs in Aguascalientes and over 9,000 indirect jobs.

Nissan Mexicana is a global benchmark in manufacturing, productivity, competitiveness and customer satisfaction," said Carlos Ghosn, president and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance. “The investment in our third vehicle plant in Mexico leverages the world-class manufacturing capabilities of the Nissan Mexicana team and is aimed at satisfying the high demand for Nissan vehicles produced in Mexico throughout the Americas and beyond. It will help consolidate our leadership in the domestic market and strengthen our growth plans globally."

Initially, Aguascalientes 2 will produce 30 vehicles per hour, adding to the 65 vehicles output per hour of Aguascalientes 1. This increased output level will help Nissan maintain its position as the top vehicle producer in the country. Currently, Nissan produces approximately 1 out of every 4 cars made in Mexico.

CEO Carlos Ghosn confirmed the key role that Nissan Mexicana plays within the company´s global strategic business plan, Nissan Power 88. The goal is to achieve 8 percent market share and 8 percent operating profit by 2016, in part, through strategic investments such as Aguascalientes 2, a new plant in Resende, Brazil scheduled for opening in 2014 and the recent integration of Nissan LEAF and Nissan Rogue to the Smyrna manufacturing plant in USA.

Carlos Lozano de la Torre, Governor of the state of Aguascalientes, stated that the Aguascalientes 2 plant is the result of a partnership established by a visionary company and a government working hand in hand under the goal of benefiting the community, the state and Mexico as a whole. Involved as Economy Minister when the first Nissan plant was built in Aguascalientes three decades ago, Lozano expressed pride in this new chapter in the history of Nissan.

Adjacent to Aguascalientes 2, Nissan and Vesta are developing “Douki Seisan Park (DSP)" an integrated suppliers park within Aguascalientes 2's footprint. The DSP's close proximity allows an intrinsic link between automotive suppliers and the production processes. During its initial stage, and with an investment of US$57 million, the DSP will host on 140 acres (57 hectares) suppliers within five buildings of 1.6 million square feet of construction, with the potential of expanding further in the future. Already in position are: POSCO, Tachi-S and Sanoh. Also nearby is Nissan´s transmission supplier company, JATCO, with a second plant in Aguascalientes developed at an investment of USD$220 million in 2013.

Source: Nissan