Partsmaker adds headliner plant to supply Ford Transit

Spain's Grupo Antolin expands U.S. footprint

Partsmaker adds headliner plant to supply Ford Transit

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Spanish auto supplier Grupo Antolin has opened a 13,750-square-meter U.S. factory in Kansas City, Missouri, that will produce headliners for the Transit van made nearby at Ford Motor’s Kansas City assembly plant.

The $18 million (13.2 million euro) plant has an expected production capacity of 3,500-4,000 headliners a day and will create 118 jobs over the next two years, the company said in a statement.

“Missouri has all the factors in becoming a leading state for the automotive industry in this country,” Ernesto Antolin, Grupo Antolin’s vice chairman, said in a statement. “We look forward to strengthening our presence in the state.”

The statement said Grupo Antolin is joining several other suppliers expanding in Missouri, including Janesville Acoustics, Yanfeng USA Automotive Trim Systems, SRG Global, Adrian Steel, Toyota Bodine and Martinrea Riverside.

Headquartered in Burgos, Spain, Grupo Antolin operates 22 factories in 25 countries, including nine in the United States. The company produces a variety of interior parts and lighting products for automakers worldwide, including Ford and General Motors.

Grupo Antolin ranks No. 56 on the Automotive News Europe list of the top 100 global suppliers with worldwide sales to automakers of $3.5 billion in 2012.

You can reach Nora Naughton at nnaughton@crain.com.

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