Affinia Group Building Filtration Manufacturing Plant In Mexico

New plant will expand Affinia’s penetration in the Latin American market, joining existing plants in Brazil and Venezuela.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Affinia Group Inc., a provider of on and off highway replacement products, announced Thursday that they will be building a new Wix Filtration manufacturing and distribution facility in Mexico.

The 315,000 square foot facility in the Santa Maria Industrial Park in Ramos Arizpe, Coahuila, 180 miles south of Laredo, Texas, will be completed in the second half of 2007.

"Local manufacturing will facilitate much greater penetration of the sizable filter aftermarket in Mexico, and it gives us another source of quality parts for our North American customers. Saltillo is strategically located to serve both markets," said Keith Wilson, president of Affinia's Under Hood Group, which includes Wix Global Filtration.

The new location in Mexico will be Affinia's third filtration manufacturing facility in Latin America, joining existing plants in Brazil and Venezuela, and will be the company's second new manufacturing facility to come on-line in 2007, following the recently completed WIX-FILTRON facility in the Ukraine.