Rochling Automotive, a Germany-based maker of plastic components, will open a new U.S. manufacturing plant this year in Akron, Ohio, to supply fuel-saving engine and body undershields to Ford Motor Co. and General Motors Co.
Without being more specific, Rochling said it would invest a double-digit-million-dollar amount into the new 75,000-square-foot facility. An unnamed third carmaker will start sourcing parts from the plant in 2013, the supplier said in a release on Tuesday.
The company specializes in aerodynamic underbody plastic components aimed at improving airflow, thus reducing noise, fuel consumption and emissions.
The new plant will be Rochling's seventh in the United States.
"We see good development prospects in North America for the future," Georg Duffner, CEO of Rochling Automotive and its parent, the Rochling Group, said in a statement.
The Rochling Group, which has its headquarters in Manneheim, had sales of 1 billion euros (about $1.36 billion) in 2010, according to company documents released last month.
Rochling Automotive accounted for about half of those sales, but the group as a whole only did 12 percent of its business in North America. Europe accounts for 78 percent of the group's total sales while Asia represents the remaining 10 percent.