Kia Motors concludes construction on first plant in Mexico
– Kia Motors has announced the completion of construction on its first manufacturing plant in Latin America located in the municipality of Pesquería in the state of Nuevo León, Mexico.
With an initial investment of approximately US$3 billion into the project by Kia Motors and suppliers, the state-of-the-art Kia Motors Mexico plant was constructed in a mere 13 months after breaking ground on the site last October, representing the fastest construction completion of any manufacturing facility in Kia’s history. Meanwhile, Kia Motors commenced full-fledged retail sales operations in Mexico this past July and has opened 46 dealerships across the country in the last five months.
Intensive quality assurance testing and pilot production will be conducted over the next six months with mass production of the Forte (also known as ‘Cerato’ in some markets) compact sedan scheduled to commence in mid-2016. The 300,000-unit annual capacity plant will represent approximately 10% of Kia Motors’ total global manufacturing output.
Located on land spanning around 500 hectares, the plant is comprised of four main shops: stamping, body welding, paint and assembly. During the 13-month construction period, approximately 27,000 tons of steel were used and nine local Mexican companies worked together to build the structures of the four main buildings and framework for surrounding buildings. ReutersKia Motors