TRW Automotive will open a second plant in the state of Queretaro, Mexico, to produce a range of advanced brake systems.

The 150,000-sq.-ft. (13,950-sq.-m) facility will manufacture hydraulic control units for a variety of electronic-stability-control systems including TRW's Slip Control Boost system used in regenerative braking in hybrid and electric vehicles. The facility also will produce brake-actuation units including boosters and master cylinders.

Output at the new plant is expected to begin near the end of first-quarter 2012, with estimated total employment of 450 when full production is reached.

“The plant will be geared to aluminum machining and clean-room assembly environments to meet the stringent cleanliness requirements of hydraulic-valve assembly," says Doug DelGrosso, vice president-global braking operations.

TRW's foundation-brake business will remain at its 11-year-old facility at Santa Rosa in Queretaro state, Mexico.

Daicel Safety Tube Processing will build an $8.8 million inflator-components manufacturing facility in Beaver Dam, KY.

The Japanese supplier will hire 25 people to work at the new, 35,000 sq.-ft. (3,255 sq.-m) facility, its third in Beaver Dam. Construction is scheduled for completion by June 2012.

The new plant will raise Daicel’s total Kentucky workforce to 525.

Of the nearly 400 foreign-owned businesses in Kentucky, more than 150 are held by a Japanese parent company. Those facilities employ nearly 35,000 people statewide.

GKN Driveline forecasts double-digit growth by its Mexican operations in coming years.

The company has invested more than 1.4 billion pesos ($100 million) in its Mexican operations since 2005, says Fidel Otake, managing director-GKN Driveline Mexico. The company employs 1,650 people in the country.

GKN Driveline Mexico launched production of constant-velocity joint systems in Celaya, Mexico, in 1979. It opened a state-of-the-art technology center there in 1997 and added a precision forge in 2000.

To support the growing market for CVJ systems in Mexico and the U.S., the company opened an assembly facility at Villagran in 2006.

China Zenix Auto, the largest commercial-vehicle wheel manufacturer in China, is chosen by C&C Trucks as its exclusive wheel producer.

C&C is a joint venture between Chery Automobile and China International Marine Containers. It produces heavy-duty road tractors, tippers and mixers, among other truck models.

Zenix wheels will be delivered to the C&C truck plant in Wuhu in Eastern China. The facility has a current capacity of 30,000 vehicles annually with plans for future expansion.

Zenix also will provide service and aftermarket support to C&C customers through its network of more than 5,300 distributors throughout China.

Toyota Boshoku Mississippi begins manufacturing seat frames and door trim for the Toyota Corolla being produced at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Mississippi.

The supplier is a subsidiary of Erlanger, KY-based Toyota Boshoku America. The completed seats will be produced at Systems Automotive Interiors, a newly established minority joint venture with Toyota Boshoku America.

Toyota Boshoku Mississippi established its $49 million facility in Mantachie, MS, in September 2007. It has 150 employees and annual production capacity of 150,000 units.

Toyota Boshoku America and its affiliates have 6,000 employees in 20 locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Argentina. Its products include automotive interior-systems components and air and oil filters for customers including Toyota and General Motors.

Hella increases production capacity of its San Jose Iturbide, Mexico, electronics plant with a 50,000-sq.-ft. (4,650-sq.-m) expansion.

The expansion enables Hella to raise output of transmission range sensors and surface-mount technology products.

Located 155 miles (250 km) north of Mexico City, the San Jose Iturbide plant produces electronics components for U.S., Mexican, Brazilian and Argentinean OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers as well as for export to Europe. It also manufactures accelerator-pedal sensors, vacuum pumps, washer pumps and body controllers.

Hella also produces lighting components at two plants in Guadalajara and another one in Mexico City, supplying products to BMW, Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Mercedes, Nissan, Volkswagen and others.